Google Doodle is celebrating the 74th birth anniversary of the famous Indian tabla player and musician, Lachhu Maharaj today. Lachhu Maharaj is a name that is an inspiration to musicians all over India. Laxmi Narayan Singh, popularly known as Lachhu Maharaj, was one of the most mesmerizing musicians of Benares Gharana. A tabla player trained by his father, Vasudev Maharaj, Lachhu gained popularity through his enchanting performances.
An eight year old Lachhu Maharaj caught the attention of Ahmed Jaan Thirakwa, a great tabla player of his time. He gave Lachhu Maharaj a push in the music and art industry and helped him attract a large and loyal audience. He soon became one of the legendary tabla players of India.
He started his training for a professional career and received a lot of fame through his solo performances. Lachhu Maharaj was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in the year 1957 and was also honoured with the Padma Bhushan Award, which he refused to accept. He believed his audience was his true reward and keeping them happy was his biggest honour.
Lachhu Maharaj, a true gem in the field of music and art, won the hearts of many people with his influential and peaceful music. He gave heart touching performances to the people till his last breath and in the year 2016, he passed away at the age of 72.
Here are some pictures remembering one of the most brilliant performers this country ever had, on Laxmi Narayan Singh’s birth anniversary.