Hailing from the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Pratap Awad picked up the pakhawaj (an Indian drum) at age 10, learning the bhajan accompaniment style. He received training from distinguished masters Pandit Subhash Maharaj Deshmukh, Pandit Uddhav Aapegaonkar, Pandit Vasantrao Ghorpadkar and Pandit Arvind Kumar Azad. He has given many solo performances and is a vibrant accompanist for many Dhrupad musicians and instrumentalists both in India and abroad. In recognition of his virtuosity n the instrument, he has received many scholarships and awards including: Government of Maharashtra scholarship 2004, National Scholarship 2011, First prize All India Radio competition 2007, Talmani Puraskar 2008, National Gold Medal 2010 and Yashwanth Rao Chavan Yuva Sangeet Sanman 2017. Mr. Awad performs regularly on South Asian radio and TV.