LAKSHAY MOHAN, SITAR & AAYUSH MOHAN, SAROD
Lakshay Mohan & Aayush Mohan are known for being able to connect to all kinds of listeners while preserving and incorporating traditional repertoire and techniques in their playing. Their unique style of playing Jugalbandi has enabled them to emerge as trendsetters in taking classical music to the mainstream.
After listening to their Jugalbandi at the Ravi Shankar Centre in 2012, Pt. Ravi Shankar, on seeing their talent, decided to launch them in the United States under his foundation. They have performed across the globe at prestigious festivals and venues some of which are : The Grammy Museum, Los Angeles ; David & Dorthea Garfield Theatre, San Diego ; Learn Quest Music Conference, Boston ; The Abbey Theatre, Columbus to name a few. Their prominent performances in India include the Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav, Pune ; Gunidas Sangeet Sammelan, Mumbai ; Saptak Festival, Ahmedabad ; Vishnu Digamber Jayanti Samaroh, Delhi; RIMPA Festival at Ravi Shankar Centre, New Delhi ; Ganga Mahotsav, Varanasi ; Delhi Classical Music Festival, Taj Mahotsav and many more.
Lakshay Mohan & Aayush Mohan are the first Indian musicians to be invited to perform at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles USA.
Lakshay & Aayush were felicitated by Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Meira Kumar and Sh. Shatrughan Sinha on the 75th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Litterateur and Parliamentarian Late Dr. Shankar Dayal Singh. Their album ‘The Hidden Harmony’ has been nominated for the Best Classical Instrumental album at the prestigious Global Indian Music Academy (GIMA) Awards 2016. Their other albums include ‘The Majestic court’ by Times Music and ‘Echoes From the Yellow Land’ by Mystica Music.
Lakshay & Aayush were born in a family where there was no musical background. Their father was not a professional musician but played the Sitar and since early childhood they had an atmosphere conducive to music at home. This is what made them inclined towards Indian Classical Music and inspired them to learn this art. The technical intricacies of the music of Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ud. Ali Akbar Khan and Pt. Nikhil Banerjee left a deep influence on them. Thus with their sheer dedication and devotion they reached a phenomenal level of mastery in their respective instruments which has not only left connoisseurs & critics but musicians also spellbound. For the kind of passion and perseverance they both had, it wasn't unusual for them during their childhood years to travel to Kolkata frequently for taking music lessons and across the country for attending music concerts. On the academic front Lakshay holds a Bachelor's degree in Physical Sciences from the St. Stephens College, Delhi and Aayush holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics & Economics from the University of London.
Lakshay Mohan and Aayush Mohan have been given a strong foundation in the Maihar style of playing by legendary musicians of India Padmabhushan Smt. Sharan Rani and Pt. Uma Shankar Mishra. They have also studied under Pt. Balwant Rai Verma, the senior most disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. Thereafter they have learnt extensively for many years from acclaimed Sarod maestro Pt. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar. They have also taken training in Dhrupad ang(style) from Padamshri Gundecha Brothers.
What We've Achieved
Some of our most cherished accomplishments!
- Nominated for Best Classical Instrumental at the Global Indian Music Academy (GIMA) Awards 2016 for the album 'The Hidden Harmony'
- Became the youngest Indians to be featured on India's leading music label TIMES MUIC in 2014 for the album The Majestic Court
- Became the first Indians to perform at the Grammy Awards Museum, Los Angeles in 2015.
- Were invited by the All India Radio to perform for a special broadcast on the occasion of United Nations International Broadcasting Day in 2009.
- Were the only North Indian instrumentalists to be invited to perform at World's largest South Indian Music Festival in Cleveland, USA - the Thyagraja Festival in 2015