Group: Laxmi Prasad and Group
76-year-old Laxmi Prasad belongs to Mahoba and performs all kinds of music, from Bhajans and Kirtans to folk forms like Gari, Lamtera and Phag. He learnt to play the harmonium from his guru at a very young age and kept practising music despite working in the irrigation department and being a farmer all his life. He also taught his 19-year-old daughter to sing, who is also part of his music group today.
Due to his old age, he doesn’t involve much in other work and relies on his sons, who work as labourers, to run his house. He earns about a thousand rupees for each performance which supplements his income. He wants to see his daughter become an established singer. Other members of his group are also singers and musicians who have all worked together for many years.
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