Google celebrates tabla maestro Lachhu Maharaj’s birthday with doodle

Lachhu's gats, tukras and parans used to leave audiences spellbound

New Delhi.

Google on Tuesday honoured veteran tabla maestro Lachhu Maharaj on his 74th birthday with a doodle.

The line sketch featuring the percussion exponent in Google’s traditional colours has been created by guest artist Sajid Shaikh.

Lachhu Maharaj, born as Lakshmi Narayan Singh, learnt playing tabla from his father Vausdev Narayan Singh.

He specialised in the Benaras Gharana style, one of the six common styles of playing the instrument. He started giving performances at an early age.

Lachhu Maharaj was best known for his inherent sense of rhythm which was best exemplified in his solo performances, said Google’s blog post.

“Kaash, Lachhu mera beta hota! (I wish Lachhu was my son!),” quipped the legendary Ustad Ahmad Jaan Thirakwa upon watching his performance. Lachhu Mahraj was only eight then.

Thumri exponent Girija Devi, whom he accompanied often on stage, said: “He would play for hours without repeating himself, new gats, tukras and parans, leaving his audiences awestruck.”

Lachhu Maharaj was conferred with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the highest award for performing artists, in 1957. He passed away on July 26, 2016.

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