Group: Prem Kumar Sharma and Group
A 28-years-old artist from Hathras, Navneet Kumar Bharadwaj, has been learning music all by himself with no formal training. From a very young age, he used to participate in the village Jagrans’, Bhagwat Paaths, and that is how he started embedding the different subtleties of music in his life. He then began to play the dholak taking inspiration from his cousin, who used to be a master of the instrument. He has been working hard towards achieving mastery in his craft and pursues it with tremendous passion. He is also a very religious person and gives thanks to the divine for their blessings and grace for associating him with music. He has no Guru, more sort of an Ekalavya of the modern times, he considers his devotion and the divine Lord to be his teacher. Presently, he accompanies various artists from the village and nearby areas. He has not come up with any compositions of his own. Navneet Ji is a true lover of music and has remained unmarried, so that, he can devote more time to harness his skills. His hard work and dedication reflect in his performances. He tries his best to get better every day and wishes to bring more names and laurels to his family and village. He only knows how to play the dholak, and with it, he has performed in various locations within the state and the country. He has given brilliant performances at Delhi, Rajasthan, Kanpur, Punjab, Haryana, and throughout Uttar Pradesh and has mesmerized the crowds with his performance every time. He regards his appearance at Vrindavan as the most memorable experience by saying,’ Radha meri swamini, main Radhe ko daas, Janam-Janam muko dijeyo, Shri Vrindaban ko baas.’ He lives in a family of 5 people with his mother, elder brother, sister-in-law, and niece. After completing his graduation, he started creating music professionally to make ends meet. Despite all his struggles, he strives to keep developing his craft and dreams to one of the best dholak players someday in the future to see himself succeed through the art that he loves so much.
- Uttar Pradesh