Pt. Krishna Ram Choudhary
Pt. Krishna Ram Choudhary was born in Benaras. The musical environment of the family enabled him to imbibe the best in Indian musical traditions and paved the way to achieving proficiency and perfection in his chosen field. He began his professional career in Shehnai playing at the age of twelve under the guidance of his father late Shri Buddha Lal Choudhary, a devoted Shehnai player and disciple of late Pandit Bade Ram Das Ji, the famous Hindustani Classical Vocalist of India. He further went on to learn the nuances of Raga-exposition and higher technique of Shehnai playing at the feet of the great Vocalist of Benaras Gharana, late Pandit Mahadeva Prasad Mishra, Varanasi (India).
He has also been seeking guidance in Shehnai playing from his respected uncle late Shri Ram Lal , the famous Film Music Director of India, who composed music for super hit films, like 'Sehara', 'Geet Gaya Patharo Ne' etc,
He has partipated and performed in almost all important music concerts, conferences and festivals all over India and few out side India. Recently he has performed in Saptak Music Conference at Ahmedabad on 1st Jan.2009.
He received the Special President’s Award in All India Music Competitions bestowed on him personally by the Honourable President of India Dr. Sarvapalli Radha Krishnan.
He was awarded Surmani in 1976 by the SUR SINGAR SAMSAD one of the leading cultural organizations of India.
In 1978 he received “Gold Medal” award by Bihar Sangeet Conference, Patna for excellence in Sehanai playing.
In recognition of his famous contributions towards the Indian Classical Music he received a Certificate as a Sensational Sehanai Player and was honoured by Indian Social Lovers Organisation (ISCLO) in 1982.
He received the C.C.I (Critic Circle of India)Award in 1981 towards his outstanding in enriching India’s cultural and social tradition in playing Sehanai in 1982.
He has been Awarded “Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi” Award in 1991.
He received “Bharat Ke Sangeet Ratna” Award by The Art And Culture Trust of India, New Delhi on 23rd October 2008 at Stein Auditorium,Habitat Centre, New Delhi .
The Central Sangeet Natak Akademi , New Delhi has conferred on him its prestigious National Award Sangeet Puraskar for the year 2008 for his contribution in the field of Hindustani Instrumental Music (Shehnai). This award is the highest National honour an artiste can look forward to in India.
Besides giving numerous solo-Shehnai performances, he has also given charming Sehanai recitals as a partner in duet with renowned Violin Maestro Padamvibhushan Pt. V.G.Jog. Sitar maestros sujat Khan accompanied Tabla Samrat Padamvibhushan Sri Shamta Prasad, Nishat khan, Mani Lal Nag and Somitra Lahari.
Sri Krishna Ram Choudhary is a popular and excellent Sehnai Player and has received wide acclaim for truly representating the pure Hindustani Classical and Semi-Classical Music such as Thumari, Chaiti, Kazari,Holi, Dadra and Purvi etc