October 16 2018: Lakshmi Narayan Singh (16 October 1944 – 28 July 2016), known professionally as Lachhu Maharaj, was a renowned Indian tabla player of Benaras gharana. Google has dedicated a doodle to the musician on his 74th birth anniversary today
Maharaj was born on 16 October 1944 to Vausdev Narayan Singh. His sister Nirmala was the mother of actor Govinda. He married a French woman Teena, and they had a daughter, Narayani.
Along with his professional tabla performances all over the world, he was featured in films. He was nominated for the Padma Shri, but refused to accept it. He felt the appreciation of his audience was enough of an honour.[