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Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

A Living Legend

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is the most famous Indian exponent of the flute. Born on July 1, 1938 in Allahabad, he learnt Hindustani Classical music from Pandit Rajaram, Pandit Bholanath and Annapurna Devi. Having worked at All India Radio's Cuttack and Mumbai stations, the maestro gave up his regular job to devote himself to the propagation of flute or Bansuri (as it is called in Hindi). He has worked with several internationally known musicians such as Yehudi Menuhin, John McLaughlin and Jean Pierre Rampal, as a part of his musical experimentations. He has performed at numerous concerts in India and abroad. Currently, he is living with his family at Mumbai. Along with Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, he has composed for several popular Bollywood movies such as 'Silsila', ‘Darr’ and 'Chandni'. He has been conferred Padma Vibhusan, Padma Bhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar and many other prestigious awards.

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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