Shri Ashutosh Kumar Upadhayay was born in a
family of musicians on 13 March 1977 at Gaya,
Bihar. He received his initial training in Pakhawaj
from his father Shri Panna Lal Upadhayay, and later
learnt from his uncle Shri Madan Mohan Upadhayay
of Gaya gharana, Bihar. He is the recipient of a
National Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture,
Government of India. He has performed widely in
various music festivals in India and abroad, and has
received various prestigious awards including the
Talmani of Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai. He has
many recordings to his credit.
Shri Ashutosh Kumar Upadhayay is awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of Sangeet Natak Akademi for the year 2010 for his talent in the field of Hindustani Instrumental Music.