Google today, October 16, celebrates the birth anniversary of tabla player Lachhu Maharaj with a Doodle. He was also known as Lakshmi Narayan Singh. He was born on October 16, 1944, in a family of musician and was trained under his father Vasudev Maharaj. He was one of the most celebrated tabla players of his time. Lachhu Maharaj started performing from the age of eight and even at that age, he used to put his skills to the test.

The doodle shows Lachhu Maharaj drawn with Google’s primary colours – red, blue, yellow and green. In the doodle, he is seen playing table for his audience with a grin on his face and a look of contentment in his eyes.

As a child performer, he caught the attention of Ahmed Jaan Thirakwa, who was himself considered to be one of the legendary tabla players of his time. His solo performances on stage highlighted his inherent sense of rhythm. He played and performed along with almost every contemporary table players but despite this, he was known for his solo performances.

Interestingly, he would play for hours without repeating any gats, tukras and parans which used to leave his audiences awestruck.

Lacchu Maharaj was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1957 for his contribution towards music and tabla playing. He was presented the highest award for performing artists by the country’s National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama.

During the Emergency period, Maharaj played tabla inside the prison to show his protest against the same. He also refused to accept any award bestowed on him including Padma Shri and other state awards.

He passed away at the age of 72 in July 2016 in Varanasi after suffering from a heart attack. His wife and daughter still remember him and both of them lives in Switzerland.

Today’s Google Doodle was created by the guest artist Sajid Shaikh.