Brij Bhushan Kabra is the Indian musician credited with popularizing the guitar in Indian classical music.
Born in 1937 in Jodhpur to Goverdhanlal Kabra, he was trained to become a geologist and had no intention of becoming a musician. Once, in Kolkata, he discovered the Hawaiian lap slide guitar and was allowed to learn it only after he promised his father that he would play only classical music. He was a disciple of Ali Akbar Khan.
In 1967, he along with Hariprasad Chaurasia and Shivkumar Sharma, released the album, “Call of the Valley”. In the 1970s, during the height of hippie culture, his music gained considerable popularity.
He has to his credit, Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1984), and the national Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2005).