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Hariprasad Chaurasia

Celebrated flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, is one of the most famous and popular musicians of India. His consummate artistry has distinguished him as the greatest living master of the North Indian bamboo flute, acclaimed both at home and abroad.

Unlike many other great Indian artists, Pt. Chaurasia does not come from a family of musicians. Rather, music is the path he found for himself. He began his studies in Allahabad at the age of 15, learning classical vocal technique from Pandit Rajaram. Within a year, however, he had switched to flute playing, after hearing Pandit Bholanath, a noted flautist from Varanasi. He studied with Pt. Bholanath for eight years. Later he received further guidance from Srimati Annapurnadevi, the daughter of famous musician Ustad Allauddin Khan.

Under her training his music acquired a new depth and dimension. As a musician Hariprasad Chaurasia is a rare combination of innovator and traditionalist. He has significantly expanded the expressive possibilites of classical North Indian flute playing through his masterful blowing technique adaptation of alap and jor to the flute. He is immensely popular in India and abroad.

He has not only made numerous recordings of north Indian classical music but also composed music for Indian films with santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. And some of them have scored gold discs. He has also performed with the Western musicians such as John McLaughlin and Jan Garbarek.

At present flute and Hariprasad Chaurasia are synonymous. The tonal quality of his flute remains unparalleled. One feels a catch at one's throat while listening to his mesmerizing melodies.

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