Pratap Awad began learning pakhawaj at the age of twelve under Subhash Maharaj Deshmukh, at Parali, Maharashtra. Later he trained under Uddhavji Aapegaonkar at Ambajogai. He also received lessons from Vasantrao Ghopadkar in Pune. Presently, he is receiving training from well-known tabla player Arvind Kumar Azad in Pune. He accompanies dhrupad singers and has performed in India and abroad. He has also played in many cross-cultural music experiments. He won the First Prize in the ‘All India Radio Competition, 2007′. He has also won the ‘Talmani Puraskar’ from Sursingar Samsad, Mumbai in 2008. He was a Gold Medalist at the 12th Rashtriya Mohotsav, Orissa in 2010.