Having developed an ingenious and deeply personal interpretation of their gharana’s rich musical heritage, Lakshay and Aayush Mohan Gupta have evolved their own unique style of playing jugalbandi and have won critical acclaim by connoisseurs as well as music critics. Their performances of Hindustani Classical Music have won the hearts of audiences across prestigious classical music festivals and venues of the country, some of which are RIMPA Festival 2012 held at Ravi Shankar Centre, New Delhi ; Taj Mahotsav, Agra ; Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata ; Ganga Mahotsav, Varanasi ; All Bengal Music Conference , Kolkata ; India Habitat Centre, New Delhi ; Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal ; 107th Lakshmi Narayan Raga Festival, Amritsar to name a few.
Lakshay Mohan Gupta and Aayush Mohan Gupta have studied for more than a decade under Pt. Balwant Rai Verma, the senior most disciple of Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar. Years of learning under him has enabled them to absorb the vast repertoire of Pt. Ravi Shankar’s musical legacy. They have also taken training from eminent musicians of Maihar Gharana – Pt. Umashankar Mishra, Padmabhushan Smt. Sharan Rani & Pt. Tejendra Majumdar and have learned the intricacies of ‘Dhrupad ang’(style) from Padmashri Gundecha Brothers
True to the spirit of their music, The Hindu wrote about one of their performances:
“They impressed with their serious musical attitude and no-nonsense approach. It was particularly satisfying that they made no attempt to play up to the gallery by showing off unnecessary virtuosity though their taiyyari and neat phrasing was there for all to see.”
After listening to their performances, music legends Pt. Jasraj and Bharat Ratna Pt. Ravi Shankar have hailed them as one of the most talented musicians of the younger generation. They were felicitated by Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Meira Kumar and actor/politician Sh. Shatrughan Sinha on the 75th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Litterateur and Parliamentarian Late Dr. Shankar Dayal Singh.
The All India Radio invited them to perform for a special broadcast on the occasion of the United Nations International Broadcasting Day. They have been awarded the Delhi Pratibha Puraskar by the Arts and Cultural Trust of India.
On their recent collaboration with Grammy Award Winner Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, which brought together for the first time in the history of Indian Music, the three plucked string instruments – Sitar, Sarod and Mohan Veena the Millennium Post wrote – “The Capital was mesmerised by magic of strings”. They were recently invited by the Ramakrishna Mission of Delhi, Jaipur and Arunachal to perform during the closing ceremony of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations.
Their traditional world music album ‘Echoes From The Yellow Land’ which is a compilation of 8 North Indian Ragas in a thematic orientation, has been applauded by connoisseurs and music lovers world over.
Their latest album, The Majestic Court, released by Times Music, features a unique combination of Sitar, Sarod and Pakhawaj.
“It was particularly satisfying that they made no attempt to play up to the gallery by showing off unnecessary virtuosity though their taiyari and neat phrasing was there for all to see” -The Friday Review
“Sitar and Sarod Jugalbandi between Lakshay Mohan Gupta and Aayush Mohan Gupta, mesmerized the gathering of music aficionados.” – The Arunachal Front –
“The Antaranga Hall of Bharat Bhawan was reverberated with a fine melange of melodious tunes of sitar and sarod. The young sitar and sarod players presented an out of the ordinary jugalbandi which captivated the audience.” -Bhopal Journal
“The duo created a magical enviroment.” -Deccan Herald, Delhi
“Treble treat on strings” – Millenium Post
“Accompanied by Pt. Ram Kumar Mishra on the tabla, they mesmerised listeners with Raga Bihag and Raga Zila Kafi.” -The Asian Age
“In the typical maihar style they went for a systematic presentation leaning towards the Dhrupad” -The Hindu
“They created a magical atmosphere” -New Observer Post
“Their structural treatment in ragas belies their age” -The Sunday Standard Magazine
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