Pt. Batuk Dewanji
Pt. Batuk Dewanji is a veteran of the Agra gharana who is also known for his knowledge of diverse subjects ranging from ancient Indian art to Western Classical Music. A solicitor by profession, he simultaneously amassed a lot of knowledge of the Agra Gharana through interaction, listening and training of various age old Ragas from the great Ustads Anwar Hussein, Vilayat Hussein and Khadim Hussein Khan Saheb. He has also mastered the technique of the Thumri from the great Smt. Siddeshwaridevi, Hiradevi Mishra and Begum Akhtar. He has been a critic of Hindustani music with the Times of India publications and has written several books and articles.