Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia(born July 1, 1938) is an internationally reknowned composer and flute player of Hindustani classical music. He plays the bansuri, a North Indian bamboo flute. Born into a non musical family of Allahabad, Hariprasad Chaurasia’s father was a wrestler who wanted him to be a wrestler. He lost his mother when he was four.
While training himself to be a wrestler, he also learnt music stealthily. His impressive lung power and stamina in playing the bansuri is atributed to his training in wrestling. Beginning with vocal mucic under Pt. Rajaram, his neighbour, at the age of 15, he later became a disciple of Pt. Bholanath of Varanasi. He was guided by Smt. Annapurna Devi, the daughter of Baba Allaudin Khan, while working for All India Radio.
Education and Musical Career of Hariprasad Chaurasia
Pt. Chaurasia, a busy North Indian classical musician, travelled around the world performing his music which was both traditional and innovative, winning accolades from audiences and prominent fellow musicians such as Jean Pierre Rampal and Yehudi Menuhin. He teamed up with Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, a Hindi language film music director, to form a group known as Shiv-Hari besides providing the music in a number of popular Hindi films including "Chandni", "Silsila", and "Lamhe", Faasale and Vijay.
He was also part of Shakti, an experimental cross-cultural fusion group, in collaboration with various inrenational musicians. He is also the Artistic Director at the World Music Department of the Rotterdam Music Conservatory in the Netherlands. He performed music with a number of western musicians including Jan Gabarek and John McLaughlin.
Achievements of Hariprasad Chaurasia
The awards and honors that Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia won include the Sangeet Natak Academy Award (1984), Padma Bhushan (1992), Konark Samman (1992), Yash Bharati Sanman (1994) and Padma Vibhusan (2000).