Group: Mannu Yadav and Group
A highly experienced 48-year-old artist from Banaras, Bijendra has been learning music through many traditional art forms such as Kajri and Biraha. He considers his father as his Guru and speaks very highly of his teachings and his calibre in the field of music. Interestingly, as a nine-year-old, Bijendra was inspired by his father, a singer and a harmonium player. Bijendra also believes that the gift of music has been passed onto him from his family lineage. When he was a child, he would try to imitate his father and thus picked up the Harmonium. Since then, he has been working hard towards achieving mastery in his craft and pursues it with sumptuous passion. This talented artist also sings Bhajans apart from playing the Harmonium and has performed in various locations within the country and represented the art forms abroad. He has pulled off brilliant performances across India, only to galvanize the crowds and regards his performance at Bhutan as the most memorable experience. He lives in a family of eight people and has two sons and two daughters. Thus, he also has to work as a Farmer and Labor personnel to make ends meet. Notwithstanding all his struggles, he strives to keep expanding his craft and enlightening the coming generations.
- Uttar Pradesh