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Acharya Chaubey Maharaj was one of the rare exponents of Kathak well known as the proponent of two most prominent Kathak personalities. Chaubey Maharaj was born in a Brahmin family, originally from Varanasi. His father, Sukhadev Maharaj, a Vaishanavite scholar of Sanskrit, earned his livelihood by teaching and performing kathak dances and his mother, Matsya Kumari held a relationship with the royal family of Nepal. Sukhadev Maharaj while serving in the royal court of Nepal studied Sanskrit and the Bharatanatyashastra; he also practiced and performed kathak dancing in which he excelled. Kathak became a source of his living and passion, which he passed on to his daughters, Alaknanda, Tara, and Dhano; and his sons, Chaubey and Pandey. In Varanasi, Sukhadev Maharaj established a school to teach dancing to children, including his own daughters and sons. Dhanno was re-christened as Sitara, who later blossomed into the well renowned Guru Smt. Sitara Devi. Incidentally, Tara is the mother of famous kathak guru, Gopi Krishna.
Surrounded by dance and music, Chaubey Maharaj ji received his training from his father and was well versed in every aspect of the art. He was an exceptional tabla player and a very good vocalist too, but performed mostly for accompaniment. In his later years he had become one of the biggest supporters of his sister Sitara Devi and nephew Gopi Krishna and was fundamental to their success.