Veteran Tabla player Pt Lacchu Maharaj passes away
Varanasi: World famous ‘tabla’ (Indian drums) player Lakshman Narayan Singh popularly known as‘Lacchu Maharaj’ passed away in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh. He was 72.
It may be mentioned that the artist was veteran Bollywood actor Govinda’s maternal uncle as well as guru (teacher).
According to sources, Govinda will be coming to the city to attend his uncle’s funeral.
“Lacchu Ji was not keeping well for the last few days. He complained of chest ache and succumbed to a cardiac arrest in late hours on Wednesday at a local hospital,” said sources close to his family.
Lacchu Ji, not only in the country but across the globe, gave many super-hit performances during his lifetime and made the nation proud with his unmatchable tabla beating skills. He had performed in more than 24 countries
Moreover, the musician refused to accept the ‘Padmashri Award’ from the then UP government due to his ‘down to earth’ attitude.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to micro blogging site Twitter to mourn the great musician:
Pt Lacchu Maharaj’s demise is a big loss to the world of Indian classical music. He was a widely admired musical maestro. My condolences.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 28, 2016