Group: Tejpal Singh and Group
A 40-year-old artist from Agra, Tejpal Singh Chahar, learned music through folk forms like Rasiya and Languriya. He began to learn music when he was merely a 7-year-old and got inspired by his teacher back then. Even today, he works hard to achieve mastery in his craft and perseveres the same with tremendous passion. He recognizes Shri Rajendra Prasad from Sonari as his mentor, his Guru, and speaks very highly of their teaching and achievements in the music field. Candidly, Tejpal believes that the gift of music passed on to him from his Guru, who has a natural desire for mastering the craft of singing folk art forms like Rasiya, Languriya, Jagran, and Braj Folk. They belong to the same Agra Gharana, and so, most of his songs are hence written, composed, and sung to be in a similar style. As a child, Tejpal would imitate his elders, and so, he picked up the will to sing and never stopped learning. He loves to sing in Raag Kalyan, Darbari, and his favourite, Raag Yaman, as it is a form of most folk songs, and he particularly admires it. The aura of his music captures the crowd, and they surely regard his performance at Bharatpur as their most memorable experience. Apart from these numerous talents, he is also a Harmonium specialist and has performed in various locations within the state. He is known for his exceptional performances at festivals in Bharatpur, Agra, Mathura, etc. Wistfully, to have to be an artist does not support the sustenance of the family. He lives in a family of 5 with two daughters and two sons, and so he also has to work as a farmer to make ends meet. Despite all the struggles, Tejpal strives to keep developing the craft and dreams, to pass on the faith he has in the Almighty, and the music to his children and younger members around him. He wishes for a future where he can see himself succeeding through the art that he truly treasures.
- Uttar Pradesh