Group: Saroj Verma and Group
A 48-year-old artist from Banaras, who learned music through Dhobia nritya, Nautanki, Alha Gaurau Nritya, and other popular folk art forms. At a very young age, he began to play the percussion instrument, Dholak, by taking inspiration from his father, Lt. Basant Kanauya. He has been working hard towards achieving mastery in his craft and pursues it with tremendous passion. He considers his father and Banaras Mangal Prasad as his Guru and yearns to accommodate their expertise in his compositions. He can also play other musical instruments (nearly 29 instruments) apart from Dholak and has performed in various locations within the state and the country. He has received the title of ‘Dholak Samrat’ from the Rajyapal in 2003 and received ‘Banaras Ratna’ in 2014. He lives in a family of 6 people and is gifted with two sons and two daughters. Despite all his struggles, he strives to keep developing his craft and dreams to give his life to music, to the art that he cherishes the most.
- Uttar Pradesh