Group: SP Chauhan and Group
A 50-year-old artist from Jaunpur, SP Chauhan, has been learning music through many art forms that are traditionally played and sung in Uttar Pradesh. At the young age of 20, he began to learn music taking inspiration from his father. He has been working hard towards achieving mastery in his craft and pursues it with tremendous passion. He considers Baleshwar as his guru speaks very highly of his teachings and achievements in the field of music. Most of his songs are thus made to be in a similar style. He first encountered his guru when he came to Lucknow looking for a job. He was once offered a chance to record a few songs when Baleshwar heard him singing. He also believes that music is a gift that has been given to him by god. When he was a child, he would try imitating his father and thus picked up the will to sing and never stopped learning. Chauhan has performed in several locations within the country and has been a part of multiple Nukkar Naataks, i.e., a musical street play with mythological and socio-cultural stories. He has pulled off brilliant performances at various festivals and places where even the media cannot reach only to dazzle the crowds and regards his performance at Rashtrapati Bhawan as the most memorable experience. He has also represented Bhojpuri music abroad and was a part of one of the first five groups. He lives in a family of five people and has two sons. Thus, he also has to work on government projects to make ends meet. Despite all his struggles and responsibilities, 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