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Sitar and Surbahar maestro Pandit Ashok Pathak occupies a special place in the North Indian Classical Music. Born and brought up in Kolkatta (Calcutta) as the eldest son of the late legendary Sitar and Surbahar player Pandit Balaram Pathak, he is a part of a musical heritage that dates back
to the legendary dhrupadist, Gopal Nayak of the 12th century. Ashok Pathak expressed a rare talent for music from early childhood. He started his musical training at the young age of five under guidance of his cousin brother Pt. Damodar Pathak, who himself was a disciple of Pt. Ram Govind Pathak. From age six onwards, until he was thirty, he followed intensive study in the 'Guru-Sisya Parampara'* tradition under the excellent guidance of his renowned father Pt. Balaram