Group: Hari Babu Kaushik and Group
A 57-years-old artist from Mathura, Pandit Mohan Shyam Sharma is A grade artist approved by AIR and has been learning music through his family’s musical legacy. From a very tender age, he began to play the tabla taking inspiration from Baba Gopal Das Ji Maharaj, who also happens to be his first guru of Gayan and wadan. He has been working hard towards achieving mastery in his craft and pursues it with tremendous passion. He considers Pt. Shri Totaram Ji, a renowned artist from his region, is his mentor and guru. Apart from that, he also has a Master’s degree in Music. He believes that Music is a kind of devotion through which one can directly connect with the almighty. “Swar is God, Taal is God”, he shares. From a very young age, he was exposed to a musical environment, and thus he picked up the tabla and then took up Pakhawaj and never stopped learning. Apart from doing Haveli Sangeet, he is also very proficient in Hindustani classical music and has performed with some of the best artists of our nation in various locations within the country and abroad. He has accompanied Debu Choudhury, Gayak Bhisnu Kasal Karji, Shehnai maestro Pt. Anant Lal Ji, Dhrupad Gayak Lavkhus Chaturvedi, Dagar Bhandu. In Allahabad, he was honoured for playing the Tabla and Pakhawaj for Jagjit Singh and pulled off brilliant performances in Holland, Berlin, Lima (South America), Peru, Chile, America, London. He regards his performance in America with Rajan Sajan Ji & at London with Pt. Hariprasad Chourasia as the most memorable experience. He lives in a family of five people and has his wife, two sons, and a daughter. One of his sons is a Kathavachak, and the other son is a renowned singer. Pt. Mohan Ji has devoted all his life to music.
- Uttar Pradesh