Born on 29 October 1932 in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, Shri Laxmi Narayan Garg is a prolific author
and publisher on music, whose work at the Sangeet Karyalaya in Hathras has served generations of
music students and scholars in northern India.
Commanding a knowledge of diverse fields in music, he has produced over a dozen popular works covering the classical and folk music of north India, rhythm, biography, and practical music. Besides, he has edited some fifty books of an even wider range, such as devotional music, thumri and ghazal, western music, Rabindrasangeet, and the Tabla and Sitar. He has further translated classics on music and dance into Hindi, such as the Sangeetaratnakara and the Abhinayadarpana.
Among his major scholarly works are Raasleela Kavya mein Sangeet Tatva, Braj Sanskriti aur Lokasangeet, and Sangeet Nibandh Sagar. His books Hamare Sangeet Ratna and Raga Visharad have proved to be valuable resources for students. Besides his books, Shri Laxmi Narayana Garg has been editing the oldest running Hindi periodical on music, Sangeet, publishing special numbers on a variety of subjects such as Dhrupad, Khayal, Alap, Tarana, Gurmat-sangeet, and orchestra. His publications total over a hundred and fifty.
Shri Laxmi Narayan Garg has received instruction in music from Pandit Ravi Shankar and Annapurna Devi. He has been honoured with the Shree Samman by the Sharan Rani Foundation besides other organizations.
Shri Laxmi Narayan Garg is elected Tagore Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi for his contribution to Indian music as a scholar.