Group: Seema Bharadwaj and Group
A 28-years-old artist from Lucknow, Zeeshan Abbas has been learning music through various folk art forms of Awadh as well as Purvanchal. At a very young age, he began to play music taking inspiration from his ancestors. He has been working hard towards achieving mastery in his craft and pursues it with tremendous passion. He considers Ustad Wazir Hussain Khan (AIR-DELHI), Ustad Roshan Ali Khan (PATNA), and Pt. Lt. Binod Kumar Mishra as his gurus speaks very highly of their teaching as well as calibre in the field of music. He has done Visharad in Sarangi from Sonipat Gharana and in vocals from Agra Gharana. He also believes that music has been passed on to him from his ancestors traditionally, who has a natural desire for mastering the art of playing the Sarangi. When he was a child, he would try to imitate his father and Grandfather, Fazal Khan Sahab and thus picked up the Sarangi and never stopped learning. He also knows how to sing ghazals and Sufi Kalams apart from playing the Sarangi and has performed in various locations with various artists within the state and the country. He has received love and appreciation from performing at various festivals and stages and pulled off brilliant performances at festivals in Mumbai and Pune apart from performing all the big festivals in Uttar Pradesh only to dazzle the crowds and regards his performance in the year 2017-18 when he accompanied Ahmed Hussain and Mohammad Hussain as the most memorable experience followed by his performance along with Gangani Rajendra, the Kathak maestro. He lives in a family of 6 people and has his mother, 2 sisters and 2 brothers. For a living he has been doing music for a while now and has been performing as a freelance artist, he charges 5000 rupees locally for a show depending upon the distance the rates get higher. He is a studio artist with many audio-video recordings to his credit. Despite all his struggles he strives to keep developing his craft and dreams to hope someday in the future to see himself succeed through the art that he loves so much.
- Uttar Pradesh