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Hariprasad chaurasia biography, age, birthday, family, performances & more

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hariprasad Chaurasia

Hariprasad Chaurasia biography
Name Hariprasad chaurasia
Birth Name
Known for Flustist and composer associated with Indian classical music and film compositions
Personal Life
Important dates Birthday: 1 July 1938
Important places Birth place: Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Educational qualifications
Family Father: His father was a wrestler



Spouse: Kamla Chaurasia, Anuradha Chaurasia

Children: Vinay Chaurasia, Ajay Chaurasia, Rajiv Chaurasia

Professional life
Teacher Pandit Rajaram, Pandit Bholanath Prasanna
Life Unlike many other musicians from musically inclined families, hariprasad chaurasia came from a family with no interest in music. Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia’s father was a wrestler. He actually had to learn music without his father’s knowledge as his father wanted him to become a wrestler. His mother died when he was only 6 years old. At a very young age, he started learning music and practicing at his friend’s house. His initial lessons came from his neighbour, Pandit Rajaram when he was 15 years old. At a later stage, he switched to playing flute under the guidance of Pandit Bholanath Prasanna for eight years.

In 1957, hariprasad Chaurasia joined All India Radio in Cuttack (Odisha) where he worked as a composer and a performer. At a later stage, while he was working for All India Radio, he started receiving guidance from reclusive Annapurna Devi who was the daughter of Allaudin Khan.

Hariprasad Chaurasia is best known for making Indian Classical Music popular all over the world. He is considered as a living legend and is considered amongst the greatest masters of the Bamboo flute. He has also worked as a music director for several films.

He also serves as the artistic director of World Music Department at Rotterdam Music Conservatory. He founded institutions like Vrindavan Gurukul in Mumbai and Vrindavan Gurukul in Bhubaneshwar. These institutes are schools which are dedicated to training students in classical music according to Guru-shishya tradition. He has also collaborated with many western musicians which include John McLaughlin, Ken Lauber and Jan Garbarek

Achievements and
  1. Sangeet Natak Academy Award
  2. Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar
  3. Padma Bhushan
  4. Konark Samman
  5. Yash Bharti Samman
  6. Kalidas Samman
  7. Padma Vibhushan
  8. Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Award
  9. Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award
  10. Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau-Netherlands
  11. Ordres des Arts et Lettres – France
  12. Sangeet Natak Academy Fellowship Award
Lesser Known Facts
  1. Pandit Hariprasad chaurasia received guidance from the Annapurna Devi. There are two stories concerning his education with her. It is believed that she only agreed to teach him if he agreed to unlearn whatever that he had learnt till then. This would have helped him to start over without any pre-existing issues. The second version says that she only agreed to teach him when he agreed to take the decision of switching from right-hand to left-handed playing. She believed that it showed his commitment to learning under her
    1. Apart from classical music, he has also made a mark as music director for Indian movies along with Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. Together they were known as Shiv-Hari.
    2. Hariprasad chaurasia has collaborated with several world musicians in experimentation and cross-cultural performances. This also includes the fusion group Shakti.
    3. A 2013 documentary film called Bansuri Guru featured panditji’s life and legacy. It was directed by his son Rajeev Chaurasia
    4. He has said that the initial training he received in wrestling later helped him to build his stamina and his lung power. This proved beneficial in his musical career as a flautist.
    5. Hariprasad chaurasia played in the song called ‘The Inner Light’ in The Beatles’ single ‘Lady Madonna’

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