Sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan (88) has been chosen for the prestigious Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Classical Music Award for 2015-2016.
Pandit Ram Narayan is first internationally successful sarangi player and has popularised bowed musical instrument as a solo concert instrument in Hindustani classical music.
About Pandit Ram Narayan
- Pandit Ram Narayan was born on25 December 1927 in Udaipur, Mewar (now in Rajasthan) in then British India province.
- He has been playing the sarangi since his childhood and over the years acquired global acclaim for his music.
- He also had given his performances on All India Radio in Delhi and many other countries. Besides he also has taught hundreds of Indian and foreign students.
- Awards and Honours: He has been conferred with Padma Vibhushan (2005), India’s second highest civilian honour.
About Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Classical Music Award
- The annual award has been instituted by the Maharashtra government in the memory of vocalist Bhimsen Joshi.
- It is bestowed upon individuals who have excelled in classical vocal or instrumental music. These individuals are selected by a committee of top music artistes and exponents.
- The award comprises 5 lakh rupees in cash, a trophy and a citation.
Sarangi: It is a bowed, short-necked string instrument from India which is used in Hindustani classical music.