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Indian Cultural Personality

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is an internationally renowned world class flutist from India. He is credited with
popularising Indian classical music in India and abroad through various experiments and innovations he made with
the traditional music.
Born on July 1, 1938 in Allahabad, in a family of wrestlers. He was drawn to the sound of the
flute even as a child. He began learning classical vocal music from Pandit Rajaram at the age of 15.
He tutored under Pandit Bholanath for eight years and in 1957, moved to Orissa where he became a staff artist working as
a performer and composer for All India Radio in Cuttack, Orissa.
Later he was transferred to All India Radio, Mumbai.
He travels around the world giving concerts residing in Holland for almost half a year and making it a point to be at
home in Mumbai, India for his 24-hour recital on the 'Janmashtami' day (Lord Krishna's birthday). He has performed with
greats like Yehudi Menuhin, John McLaughlin and Jean Pierre Rampal and as a part of his experimentation,
he has tried pop, jazz, rock, western classical fusions with the traditional Indian music. He has also released many
albums of his compositions and done film music with his friend and santoor exponent Pandit Shivkumar Sharma for films
like 'Silsila', 'Darr' and others earning mass appeal.
In 1984, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music,
he received the National Award of the Sangeet Natak Academy. In 1990, he was awarded the 'Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar',
in 1992, the coveted 'Padma Bhushan' and the 'Konark Samman' by the Orissa state government.
In 1994, he was bestowed the 'Yash Bharati Samman' by Uttar Pradesh government.


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