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  • Sun 17 Jan ’10, 6:00pm – 8:30pm


Celebrating Old Age Centre, 30 Victoria Street, Waikato


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $15.00
  • Family (max 4): $40.00



SANGAM - a musical concert featuring Sarod Maestro Pt. Vikash Maharaj and his son Prabhash Maharaj (Tabla)

Pandit Vikash Maharaj, an internationally acclaimed Sarod master from India is a 14th-generation musician born into the widely-respected Benaras gharana (musicial family), has performed to enthusiastic audiences at music festivals around the globe such as the WOMAD music festival, the Diwali festival (NZ), Splore (NZ), LG Jazz Open (Germany), and many others.

Pandit Vikash Maharaj is well known for his unique approach to his instrument. He has a wide understanding of music that sets hima part from other performers. The melody and fluency he expresses on his instrument speak of deep emotions and moods with clarity and precision rarely heard on the sarod. His knowledge of the healing benefits of music make listening to his sarod performances a truly powerful experience.

He received his early education as a Tabla player from his father Late Pandit Nanku Maharaj. As a teenager, Panditji developed a natural inclination towards learning the sarod. His mother inspired him to change instruments and organized sarod lessons from the late guru Shri Rajesh Chandra Moetra of the prestigious Maihar Senia Gharana (the same lineage as Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan). The legacy of his family's tradition, which also includes his grandfathers, Late Pandit Bade Ram Das and the Late Pandit Kanthe Maharaj, his maternal uncle Padma Vibhushan Late Pandit Kishan Maharaj and Late grand teacher Ustad Baba Allauddin Khan Sahib, is a rare and precious gift that distinguishes Pandit Vikash Maharaj from his peers.

He has composed many of his own original pieces, such as Shraddha, Night Wind, Shanti, Samadhi, Song For My Son, Ganga, Heart of Purab, and Hinglaj, as well as music for documentary film The Holiwater Project (NZ), which is due to be released soon.Pandit Vikash Maharaj has performed as a special invitee in several famous festivals and concerts in India.

Prabhash started playing Tabla at the age of two. His first performance was at the age of seven. Considered a child prodigy, Prabhash began receiving recognition for his exceptional skill at a very young age. He is a highly awarded musician and has won many prestigious honors. By the age of twelve he had won his first gold medal from the Center for Cultural Resources and Training and was awarded a scholarship by the Indian Government. He went on to win the gold medal for six years in a row.

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