His Holiness Acharya Goswami Gokulotsav Maharaj
His Holiness Acharya Goswami Gokulotsav Maharaj is a descendant of Jagadguru Srimad Vallabhacharya, in whose philosophical thinking music played a fundamental part. He lives in Indore and has acquired a fine reputation for his knowledge of music and his extraordinary performance skills.
He first studied under Pandit Moreshwar Rao Golvelkar, who taught in the Gwalior and Kirana traditions. Gokulotsavji also became proficient in the art of playing the veena and pakhawaj. As he grew in stature he was influenced by Ustad Aman Ali Khan, who inspired him to develop serenity in his performance. Often, Gokulotsavji was mistaken for Ustad Amir Khan. This led him to modify his own style and develop his own personality, which is now flourishing.
As a composer he has created many compositions, and in this recording made in London in 1999, he sings a new rag that he has developed called Ramapriya. He has created many compositions under his pen name, Madhur Piya. Being a Kirtan Kar of the Vallabh Sampradaya, his style has been influenced by the traditional dhrupad and dhamar associated with temple devotional music. He has received many awards and has performed all over the world.