Maharaj, Kishan

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Maharaj, Kishan Gender: M
Pandit Kishan Maharaj
born on 3 September 1923 at 23:59 (= 11:59 PM )
Place Benares, India, 25n20, 83e0
Timezone IST h5e30 (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 10°13' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 12°51 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 24°24'


Indian tabla player who belonged to the Benares gharana of Hindustani classical music.

Maharaj had the ability to play cross-rhythms and produce complex calculations, particularly in tihai patterns. Known as an excellent accompanist, Maharaj was extremely versatile and capable of playing with any accompaniment, be it with the Sitar, Sarod, Dhrupad, Dhamar or even dance.

Kishan Maharaj died on 4 May 2008 at Khajuri near Varanasi at the age of 84.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from Music makers: living legends of Indian classical music by Ashok Roy (Rupa & Co, 2004), pp. 100-101: "born in Benaras in 1923 ... born exactly after midnight on Krishna Janmashtami, and named Kishan Maharaj." NB: The date of Krishna Janmashtami Day in 1923 was 3 September.

Ashish Seth quotes from an anonymous online biography Pandit Kishan Maharaj [1]: "Hari Maharaj got blessed by his first child in 1923, a BOY..!! Everyone got a strong occasion of joyous celebrations after very long. Surprisingly, the boy was born on auspicious day of sri Krishna Janmashtami (Lord Krishna's birthday) and that too at exact 12.00 AM in the midnight which was again similar to lord Krishna's birth time."

Seth adds, "Janamastmi on that day was on 23:59 of 3rd. Sep. On 3rd of sep 00:01 am Janamasthi birth of Lord Krishna was not celebrated."


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Tabla player)