Born in a family of art lovers, Ganesh Mohan had his first lessons in sitar from his father. At ten, Ganesh Mohan stood first in the All India Music Competition held in Kolkata in 1969. Later, he enrolled at the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, where he completed his Master’s degree in Hindustani Classical Instrumental Music. Ganesh Mohan then took individual instruction from eminent musicians like Gopal Nag and Manilal Nag (son of Gokul Nag) of the Vishnupur gharana, and from author and musicologist Ajay Sinha Roy (disciple of Allauddin Khan, founder of Senia-Maihar gharana). He is currently studying under the eminent teacher Arvind Parikh. Over the years, Ganesh Mohan has sought to amalgamate influences from these schools of sitar playing, by incorporating aspects of dhrupad ang alaap and jod and khayal ang. In addition, the style popularised by famous sitar maestro Nikhil Banerjee is one that inspires him to this day. As an 'A' grade artiste of the All India Radio and Doordarshan, Ganesh Mohan broadcasts regularly from Indian radio and television networks. He tours overseas extensively and was a visiting professor at the Rotterdam Conservatorium, Netherlands, for three years.
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