Group: Kamla Srivastava and Group
A 75-year-old artist from Lucknow, Maheshwar Dayal Nagar, has been working in music through the exploration and mastery of Classical, Awadhi Folk, and Sugam Sangeet. At a very young age during his childhood years, he began to learn music taking inspiration from his father, Shri M L Nagar. He has been working hard towards achieving mastery in his craft and pursues it with great passion. He considers his father as his guru speaks very highly of his teachings and his calibre in the field of music. Most of his songs are thus, performed to be in a similar style. He also believes that he has inherited the art of music from his ancestors. When he was a child, he would try imitating his father and hence picked up the Harmonium and never stopped learning. He also knows how to play classical percussion instruments apart from the Harmonium and has performed in various locations within Uttar Pradesh and other states. He has also presented his talent and abilities internationally. He envisions music as the most integral part of his life, from the day he has become aware of himself as someone who possesses a talent for music. He considers Raga Malkos and Bhopali as his favourites and has made most of his compositions in these forms. He has a son and a daughter but is currently staying alone in Lucknow. Despite his mature age, he strives to keep developing his craft and dreams works towards perfecting it day in day out for his passion for music seems to have no bounds.
- Uttar Pradesh