Achievements and awards
Pandit Ashok Pathak has been awarded with many national and international honours.
In 1971 he received the Surmani (Gem of Melody) award from Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan at the Sur Singar Samsad in Mumbai.
In 1974 the prestigious Prayag Sangeet Samiti honoured Pandit Ashok Pathak with a gold medal and the academic Pandit title in recognition of his extraordinary Sitar skills. Both these honours were handed over to Panditji by a great poet of India, Padma Vibhushan Mahadevi Verma.
In 1991 Panditji received the 'International Man of the Year' award and the Doctor title from International Biographical Centre of Cambridge in recognition for his services to music.
Furthermore, the former President of India Mr. Shankar Dayal Sharma awarded him for his cultural work outside India.
In the year 2014 Panditji received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sangit Academy in Belgium.
From friends all over the world
After receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, panditji received much love and respect from all over the world. Below we have shared some of those messages.
"Congratulations for this award. Ashok Pathak is one of the very few musicians who has dedicated his life to the advancement of Indian Music in Europe.
I have had the great pleasure of performing with him on many occasions, which I always enjoy thoroughly.
One of the aspects of his music that I appreciate most is how he preserves and expands on the "Pathak" Gharana created by his father, Late Pandit Balram Pathak.
I wish him many more years of beautiful music and teaching. All the best my dear friend.”
"I am so glad to hear that Pathak sahab is receiving this award.
In my opinion he richly deserves it for all his contribution to Indian Classical Music.
I pray for a long and healthy life for him, with his family, so he can continue his valuable work."
"First of all CONGRATULATIONS Ashokda, for the lifetime achievement award from Brussels/Belgium. You truly deserve that.
Pandit Ashok Pathak a great and deep musician. With love and respect I call him Ashokda (elder brother) and literally he has given me the love and care as an elder brother (as indian tradition). Over the years we have played in many different parts of the world and our musical chemistry has been always highly appreciated by the audiences. Our journey still continues......
He is a very sensitive artist. Tremendous in love with SUR and deep thinker of RAGA music and his instrument. He is truly a great master. His Unique way of unfolding and building up a RAGA is amazing. I learnt a lot musically, philosophically, about life, being with him since last 29 years. I pray to god for his well being and wish that he continues sharing his beautiful music and personality with many people around the globe for many years to come.
God bless him. OM NAMAHA SHIVAYA !"
"It is such wonderful news to hear of Pandit ji's is recipient of life time achievement award in Belgium.
We wish him sincerely from bottom of our hearts continued success which rightly deserves.
It is always a pleasure to accompany him and he is a special person to be around on and off the stage.
I remember the first time I accompanied him in France and our Dear friend Christian Ledoux who introduced us to each other and set the concert. I had heard about Pandit ji and of course his illustrious Father from Banaras.
I wish I was there to congratulate him in person but look forward to see him in the near future. My warmest regards on this special occasion to him and you all…"