Balázs Virágh is learning the traditional art of Pakhawaj in the Nathdwara parampara under the guidance of Guru Pandit Mohan Shyam Sharma, who is one of the leading Pakhawaj exponents of India. Throughout his travels in India and Europe, he has had the privilege of studying with the master in the traditional Guru-shisya parampara and collaborating with many outstanding artists.
Balázs is the first to have studied pakhawaj in his home country and is committed to spreading and promoting the art of traditional Pakhawaj music in Eastern Europe. He has performed in several European countries and in India, including at India’s largest dhrupad festival, the 44th All India Dhrupad Mela in Varanasi.
Pakhawaj in Hungary
He has given certified lectures at major universities in Hungary, including Eötvös Loránd University, the Liszt Ferenc University of Music and Performing Arts, and Szeged University, and founded Hungary’s first Indian music school, Ganapati Pakhawaj Vidyalaya in Budapest.
During his earlier studies, he studied Kathak accompaniment and tabla under the guidance of Pandit Rajesh Gangani of Jaipur Gharana. He has experience in accompanying all the major vocal and instrumental Dhrupad gharanas, including Dagar and Darbhanga traditions as well as Indian classical dances including Kathak and Odissi.