Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia
on 1 July 1938, in Allahabad, India, Hariprasad Chaurasia
began his musical training as a vocalist under Pandit
Rajaram. Within a year, he switched to flute-playing
after hearing Pandit Bholanath, a noted flautist from
Varanasi. He tutored under Pandit Bholanath for eight
years and in 1957, barely out of his teens, he became
a regular member of All India Radio in Cuttack, Orissa
where he worked as a performer and a composer.
Hariprasad Chaurasia's God gifted talent and his consummate
artistry has distinguished him as the greatest living
master of the Indian flute today.
Hariprasad Chaurasia's appearance on the concert platform
brought him instant acclaim all over India which was
soon followed by invitations from music festivals in
Iran, Europe and the USA, where he reaped a rich harvest
Back home in 1984, he was given the National Award of
the Sangeet Natak Academy in recognition of his outstanding
contributions to music and later in 1990 he won the
Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar. In 1992 he was awarded
the Padma Bhushan and the Konarak Samman. In 1994, he
was bestowed the Yash Bharati Sanman.
Hariprasad Chaurasia has been amongst the few Indian classicists
who have made a conscious effort to reach out and expand
the audience for classical music. As a musician, Hariprasad Chaurasia
is a rare combination of innovator and traditionalist
and has significantly expanded the expressive possibilities
of classical North Indian flute playing through his
masterful blowing technique and his unique adaptation
of alap and jor to the flute.