Born in 1978 in a family of musicians LOKESH ANAND one of the most outstanding Shehnai player of India. He has the benefit of early initiation in the art of Shehnai playing from his father Sh.Kalicharan ji at the age of eight. Later he has received four years of intensive training from Shehnai legends such as Pt. Anant Lal Ji & Pt.Daya Shankar ji from 1994 -1998. He has also been blessed and inspired by Pt. Rajendra Prasanna.
At Present he is under the care and strict guidance of "Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj ji". Association with Pandit ji has influenced lokesh's music so much, that it has given a new direction to his repertoire which is a blend of both instrumental and vocal styles.
Lokesh's Shehnai playing is characterized by an immaculate blowing and fingering techniques, command over Laya, Richness and clarity of swaras. All this innate Artistry and technical brilliance combined with a rare and exquisite emotional quality has made him a unique Shehnai Player which differs from others. He has completely revolutionized the technique and approach of Shehnai Playing.
Vishnu Digamber Sangeet Sammelan.
Kal Ke Kalakar Sangeet Sammelan.
Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan.
Awadh Sandhya, U.P. Sangeet Natak Academy
Megh Malhar Festival
Badri Kedar Mahotsav
Sangeetanjali Music Festival
Autumn Festival ,Nainital
Ashique Ali Khan Music Society
Arpan Music Festival
Rajesthan Sangeet Natak Academy
Abhinave Kala Parishad
Sangeet Prtibha Festival of Young Musician
Pt.Moti Ram Pt.Mani Ram Music Festival
etc. to name a few.
He has been honored with The Tital of "Shehnai Ratna" for the year 2010. Other prestigious awards are the Abhinav Kala Samman "Sangeet Sadhak" ,"Sangeet Ratna" and "Surmani", to name a few.
Lokesh has won the acclaim of discerning audiences and critics worldwide. His Lecture Demonstrations and Workshops in Shehnai,which have been highly appreciated in abroad.
He has performed in some of the most prestigious International Festivals internationally which also featured some of the most famous musicians of the world. Some selected ones are: Festival of India in japan, Festival of India in Nepal, Festival of India in Bhutan, Scintillating Melodies, Malaysia, presented by Indian High Commission, Kulalampur, Scintillating Melodies, Singapore, and also performed in so many countries like Thailand, Hong Kong, Russia, Portugal, Italy etc, to name a few.