Laxman Rao Pandit
Born on 5 March 1934 into a family of musicians, Laxman Rao Pandit represents the Gwalior gharana of Hindustani classical music. His grandfather, Shankarrao Pandit , was a disciple of the founder of Gwalior gharana - Haddu Khan, Hassu Khan, Nathu Hussain Khan and Nissar Hussain Khan. His father Padma Bhushan Krishnarao Shankar Pandit trained him since early childhood in khayal, tappa, tarana, ashtapadi and thumri.Laxman Pandit is one of the few musicians today who renders the genre of tappa with ease and fluidity, and his repertoire includes a treasure house of some of the traditional compositions, handed down to him by his ancestors. He has received many awards and honours including Sangeet Natak Academy and Sahitya Kala Parishad.
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