Balaram Pathak

    Pandit Balaram Pathak was born on November 5, 1926, in Balia, Uttar Pradesh, India. He is recognized as one of the greatest sitar players in Northern Indian music. He learned the art of playing the sitar and surbahar under his talented father from an early age and gave his first public performance at the age of twelve. Balaram Pathak was known for his unique combination of novelty and perfection in an exposition of Indian ragas. He was awarded the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1989 and was specially delegated by the Government of India to visit European countries. He has the unique credit of inventing the Raag Bahadur Shastri, dedicated to the late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. Pandit Balaram Pathak passed away on February 15, 1991, in New Delhi.

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