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Mach art should continue to prosper with the support of the government – Padmashree Shri Om Prakash Sharma


Feb 6, 2024

Ujjain Geetkar Damodar Virmaal 05 February. Malwa, the heart region of India, is rich in Indian art culture. The Mach art here has been a medium of folk entertainment and spreading values for the last two hundred years. It has been announced that Shri Om Prakash Sharma, a great practitioner of Mach art, will be honored with the prestigious Padma Shri.

Shri Omprakash Sharma has been adept in the art of Mach since the age of ten-twelve. He has worked hard to enrich and preserve this art. His dedication towards art is worthy of respect. He considers the contribution of his guru father Late Shri Shaligram and grandfather Late Shri Kaluramji in his becoming an artist. While practicing the folk theater art Maach, Shri Omprakash Sharma himself became proficient in playing musical instruments. Here are the main excerpts from the conversation with him –

Elementary education in Macha art
I have been performing in Maach art since the age of 10-12. My guru father was Late Shri Shaligram and my grandfather was Late Shri Kaluramji.

Features of art
In this art, my father and grandfather taught me vocal knowledge, classical music, easy music, folk music and especially the genre of Maach. 10-12 male and female artists work in it. Dholak, harmonium and sarangi are mainly used in this. In earlier times, distorted forms of sarangi, dholak and shehnai were played with tota.

trend of young generation
Adopted art from artists like Pramita Charegaonkar, Vineeta Mahorkar, Pooja Chauhan, Gajendra Singh, Suryaprakash Vajpayee, Shani Nagar. My sons Bhupendra and Vijendra Sharma are also doing art practice.

expectation from government
With the help of the government, more and more people can become proficient in the art of Mach.

How many performances have you given so far?
So far, more than 200 march art demonstrations have been given. Has demonstrated Mach Art in Bharat Rang Utsav, Chennai, Lucknow, Mumbai.

theme of match
Write yourself. There are traditional subjects. Ramayana is written on Radha-Krishna incidents and historical subjects.

no special honor
Along with the art of making new harmoniums, he learned to play harmonium, guitar, mandolin, violin, tabla, dholak. Shikhar Samman in the year 2001, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award by former President of India Shri APJ Abdul Kalam in 2007, National Tulsi Samman in 2014 and now Padmashree Award.

expectation from government
Many thanks and heartfelt gratitude to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Dr. Mohan Yadav. They take care of the honor and respect of the artists. We want that Mach art should continue to prosper with the support of the government.

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