Group: Damodar Sharma and Group
Gajadhar Pathak, 60, is an artist in the folk music spectrum of Braj in Uttar Pradesh and belongs to the Brahmin (Chaturvedi) community. He hails from the divine land of Radha-Krishna, Mathura, where the chantings of Radhe Radhe resonate in every nook and corner. He lives with his wife and son (currently pursuing CS). Gajadhar has been a professional musician from a very young age. He is a multifaceted artist with a strong command over many instruments, namely Esraj, Sitar, Veena, Rudra Veena, Saraswati Veena, and many more. Apart from being a well-known instrumentalist, he is also an AIR-approved Haveli Sangeet Singer. He holds many musical degrees like Visharad in Gayan & Sitar and Prabhakar in Esraj. He is an A grade-approved artist from AIR belonging to the Braj Gharana. He has many accomplishments to his credits as he has accompanied Pt. Jasraj, Shree Siyaram Tiwari, Pt. Ram Chaturmalik, and he has performed with haveli sangeet maestros like Lakshman & Bal Chaturvedi from Mathura. He has also composed many Lok Taans, a form that is very prevalent in the Chaturvedi community. Gajadhar enjoys accompanying Braj Lok Geet as an Esraj professional apart from playing the sitar in the traditional Hindustani Classical way. For his compositions, he usually tends to articulate around Char Taal, Damar, Tin Tal, Jhap Tal, Dadara, Rupak, and Raagas- Jok, Biragi Bhairav, Kalyan, Asawari, Tori, Sarang Sudh Sarang, Mageswari, Malkosh. Apart from playing in the entire stretch of our country, he frequently performs and trains musicians abroad. To him, music is like an ocean, and one cannot complete his or her understanding of knowledge in one lifetime.
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