Group: Kamla Srivastava and Group
A 68-year-old artist from Lucknow, Rita Srivastava, has been learning music through various folk, classical and semi-classical music art forms of Uttar Pradesh. At a young age, she began to learn music taking inspiration from several artists like Kamla Srivastava. She has been working hard towards achieving mastery in her craft and pursues it with soaring passion. She has completed a Visharad in Indian classical music and has a master’s degree in Indian History and Monuments. She is quite a versatile artist as she knows how to sing and play multiple instruments such as Harmonium, Dholak, Manjira, Synth, Jaltarang, etc. She also believes that music has been inherited from her from all past generations and runs in her blood. She has received great applause from all of her audiences and pulled off brilliant performances at many folk music festivals across the globe, representing the traditional forms of folk music that reside within the state of Uttar Pradesh only to galvanize the crowds. She also regards her performance in Toronto as the most memorable experience. She has two sons and has always had the responsibility of handling her family and yet she has been able to make huge progress in the field of music. She also finds time to learn many other skills such as baking, tailoring, cosmetics, fruit preservation, etc. Being a complete all-rounder, she seems to have developed her personality in a way that nothing seems impossible for her.
- Uttar Pradesh