Group: SP Chauhan and Group
A 31-year-old artist from Lucknow, Rakesh Kumar, has been learning music through various traditional art forms of Uttar Pradesh like Biraha, Chaiti, and Kajri. At the young age of 10, he began to learn music, taking inspiration from his father, who was a talented Banjo player. He has been working hard towards achieving mastery in his craft and pursues it with tremendous passion. He considers his father as his guru and speaks very highly of their teachings and achievements in the field of music. Most of his songs are thus, made to be in a similar style. Rakesh inherited the craft from his father, who had a natural desire for mastering the art of music using his skills on the Banjo. When he was a child, he picked up the Dholak and never stopped learning. He also knows how to play the Tabla, apart from Dholak, and has performed in various locations within the country. He wishes to go to Mumbai and has pulled off brilliant performances at many festivals to mesmerize the crowds and regards his performance in Delhi as the most memorable experience. He lives in a family of 5 people and has two daughters and a son who is in primary school. Despite all his struggles, he strives to keep developing his craft and dreams to someday in the future to see himself succeed through the art that he loves so much.
- Uttar Pradesh