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Yograj Naik / Goa, India

One of the most important artists of the young generation from Goa. Yograj Naik is a student of the famous sitar player Ustad Shahid Parvez. Under his supervision, Yograj grew into a mature and experienced instrumentalist, with one unique characteristic – a perfect combination of the gayaki vocal style and rhythmic laykari structures.

One of the most important artists of the young generation from Goa. Yograj Naik is a student of the famous sitar player Ustad Shahid Parvez. Under his supervision, Yograj grew into a mature and experienced instrumentalist, with one unique characteristic – a perfect combination of the gayaki vocal style and rhythmic laykari structures. He was born into a family of musicians. His grandmother Pirozbai was a student of the legendary master Agra Gharan Ustad Nanhe Khan. At an early age, Yograj showed great love of music, and his grandmother supported his passion, helping him to go to the Hindustani Classical Music. 

Initially, he learned to play the sitar from Ustad Karim Khan. At the age of fifteen, Yograj gave his first concert, and since then he has been performing at all major music festivals in India. He believes that music has no borders and that good music belongs to the world entire. He has successfully completed many fusion projects, combining the pure classic Indian tradition with jazz, pop and rock. He composed several dozen songs in the Marathi and Konkami languages used in India. His songs are often played on All India Radio. The artist believes that there is no such thing as short-cut to success. He always strives for excellence, which, for him, is a continuous process, like the river that flows to meet the ocean of pleasures.

Yograi represented Goa in the classical Indian music category at many festivals, including in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra. He conducted lectures for Indian and foreign students. His music has brought him numerous awards and distinctions, including the award for the best acoustic musician at the 2001 Pop Beat Jazz Festival Goa and the “Pride of Goa” Prize, awarded by Lions Club International. He gave a number of important concerts (in 1992, 2005 and 2008), broadcast by all major radio stations in India. He has performed with renowned musicians such as T. Subramaniam, Pandit Ronu Mujumdar Hari Kumar, Collin D’Cruz.

 

 

The concert took place in 2018.