Being in the cultural city of Allahabad he developed a curiosity and desire to know more about the Sitar and started taking lessons in the same.Upon finishing school, he studied electrical engineering for a while but a more serious interest in music led him on the advice of elders in the family-friends circle to join the Music Faculty of the Benares Hindu University, Varanasi, for a full-time study of the Sitar.
His main teachers there were Dr.Raj Bhan Singh, at whose residence he initially stayed, and Dr.K.C.Gangrade, Dean of the Music Faculty. He completed a diploma course there.
Being in Benares also gave him a wider exposure to the gamut of North India Classical Music and Dance, with the numerous concerts being held there, with renowned artists like Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, and his present teacher Ustad Shujaat Khan, and others coming to perform there. It also made it possible for him to interact with many fine foreign musicians who had come to study Indian Music and culture in the city of Benares.