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Gokulotsavji Maharaj
Gokulotsavji Maharaj (left) receiving the Padma Bhushan award by then President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, on April 8, 2015.
Occupation(s)Classical musician, composer, writer, vocalist and musicologist
Known forHindustani music, Haveli Sangeet, Indian classical music and world philosophy

Gokulotsavji Maharaj is a Hindustani classical musician, specializing in Khayal, Dhrupad Dhammar, Prabandh Gayaki and various other ancient indian musical styles. He is also a singer-cum-composer, writer, poet, and musicologist.

He composes music under the pen name MadhurPiya. He has created more than 5,000 compositions in Khayal, Dhrupad Dhammar, Prabandha Gayan, etc. in Sanskrit, Hindi, Braj Bhasha, Persian, Urdu.[1][2][3][4] He belongs to the SamVeda(mother of Indian Music) and Krishna Yajurveda parampara[tradition].[5]

He has received Padma Bhushan,[6][7][8] Padma Shri[7] by the Central Government of India. He has also received National Tansen Samman Award 7 December 2007, Dhrupad Ratna from Darbhanga Gharana of Dhrupad Virtuosos Pt Kshtipal Mallick Dhrupad Society. He is the top grade artist of All India Radio(Aakashwani) and DoorDarshan.[9]

He has also created several new Raagas such as Bhaat Kalyan, AdhbhutRanjini, Hem Gaud, Madhur Malahar, Divya Gandhar, Khat Shringar, Prasanna Padaa, etc.[10][1]

He sings in ancient talas, like Brahma Taal(28 beats per cycle) and Matta Taal(18 beats per cycle), Shikhar Taal, Lakshmi tala and others.[1][11]

He has given interpretations and hidden meanings of syllables nom, tom, dere, na, tadani, etc., of dhrupad aalap and tarana, which were earlier considered to be meaningless and he states that these syllables derive their meaning, authority, creation and existence from vedic mantra beej-akshars.[12]

Gokulotsavji Maharaj has created and founded his own distinct music style "Sarvang Sampurn Gayaki" consisting of a combination of various elements of classical vocal music as mentioned in sangeet shashtras.[13]

Neeta Mathur(associate professor at Vivekanand College Delhi University) has authored a biographical book named "Shashtriya Sangeet ke Surya Acharya (Pt) Gokulotsavji Maharaj"[Sun of Classical Music Acharya (Pt) Gokulotsavji Mahara][14] on Gokulotsavji Maharaj.[14][12][15]

Gokulotsavji Maharaj has also served as the Member of Indian Council for Cultural Relations(ICCR), Trustee of Bharat Bhavan and Judge to the First Court of Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar.[16]

Recordings - Music Albums

Title Raags Publishers Cassettes/CD
Ustadi Gayaki Vol.1 Gujri Todi & Darabari Rhythm House Audio Cassette
Ustadi Gayaki Vol.2 Jog and Bihag Rhythm House Audio Cassette
Ustadi Gayaki Vol.3 Bairagi & Yaman Rhythm House Audio Cassette
Ustadi Gayaki Vol.4 Hindol & Ahir Bhirav Rhythm House Audio Cassette
Swar Sudha AdbhutRanjni, Malkons & Chandrakons Audio Cassette
Khyal-O-Tarana Gujri Todi, Marwa and Bairagi

Lalit, Bhatiyar and Bageshree

Audiorec Double CD
Music from India-Live Ram Priya, Deshkar Asian Music Circuit CD
Haveli Sangeet Various Ragas are covered Times of India Cassette
Pristine Purity

Khayal & Tarana

Bhina Shadaj Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts(IGNCA)[17][18] CD
Bandishe Various Ragas are covered CD

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Daughter on a sun". The Hindu. 11 November 2011. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Echoes Of An Old Music, Vignettes Of Stage Memories". Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  3. ^ "All Music". All Music. 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Indian classical music is eternal: Gokulotsavji". Hindustan Times. 22 March 2006. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  5. ^ Padma Awards Portal, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, Padma Awards Portal, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India (201). "Citation Padma Bhushan Dr. Pandit Gokulotsavji Maharaj" (PDF). Padma Awards Portal, Government of India. New Delhi: Padma Awards Portal, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 October 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "List of Padma Awards 2015". India Today. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Padma Awards Directory (1954-2017) Year-Wise List" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. pp. 88, 109.
  8. ^ "Padma Awards 2015 - Award recipients list" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  9. ^ Mathur, Neeta (2011). Śāstrīya saṅgīta ke sūrya : Ācārya (Paṃ.) Gokulotsava Jī Mahārāja : saṅgīta sevā, śāstra cintana evaṃ bandiśoṃ kā saṅkalana. New Delhi: Radha Publications, New Delhi. pp. 9, 10. ISBN 9788174877659. OCLC 769743702.
  10. ^ "Homepage of Dr Pandit Gokulotsavji Maharajshree". Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  11. ^ "Sanget Martand Pt. Gokulotsavji Maharaj". The Free Press Journal. 27 June 2021. Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  12. ^ a b Māthura, Nītā (2011). Śāstrīya saṅgīta ke sūrya : Ācārya (Paṃ.) Gokulotsava Jī Mahārāja : saṅgīta sevā, śāstra cintana evaṃ bandiśoṃ kā saṅkalana (1. saṃskaraṇa ed.). Naī Dillī: Rādhā Pablikeśansa. ISBN 978-81-7487-765-9. OCLC 769743702.
  13. ^ "|| VrajRang - Vrajotsavji || - Sarvang Sampurn Gayki". Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  14. ^ a b "Shastriya sangeet ke surya: Acharya (Pt.) Gokulotsav ji Maharaj". INDIAN CULTURE. Retrieved 8 October 2022.
  15. ^ "Shastriya Sangeet Ke Surya'( Radha Publication Delhi, 2011), biography of Acharya (Pt.) Gokulotsavji Maharaj,renowned classical musician of international repute by Dr. Neeta Mathur". Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  16. ^ "Awards and Achievements of Dr Pandit Gokulotsavji Maharaj". Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  17. ^ "Hindustani Classical Vocal | Bhinn Shadaj | Pandit Dr. Gokulotsavji Maharaj". Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  18. ^ "Hindustani Classical Music Concert | IGNCA". Retrieved 13 February 2021.

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