Born and raised in India, Laxmi Ganesh Tewari studied with Dr. Lalmani Misra. His destiny took him to Varanasi where, living in a Guru-Shishya-Parampara with Dr. Misra, he underwent extensive musical training under Dr. Misra's supervision. Dr. Misra initiated his study of vocal music with Pandit Madhav Vaman Thakar. Tewari completed his B.Mus., M.Mus., and Doctor of Music degrees with honors from Banaras Hindu University. In 1968, Dr. Tewari came to the United States to teach and study at Wesleyan University. He completed a M.A. and a Ph. D. in Ethnomusicology. Since 1974, he has been teaching at Sonoma State University, where he is currently a Professor of Music.
During his tenure, he has been honored with an Outstanding Professor Award, a Meritorious Performance and Professional Achievement Award, and the Friends of the Library Faculty Award. Dr. Tewari is an accomplished performer, teacher, and scholar. He has studied and collected the folk musics of India, Turkey, and Trinidad and Tobago and has produced numerous recordings from his field research