Born: July 1, 1938
Achievement: Noted flute player; recipient of Padma Bhushan and
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, is a world-renowned exponent of the
bansuri or bamboo flute. He is one of those rare classical musicians who
expanded the peripheries of classical music by taking it to the common
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia was born on July 1, 1938 at Allahabad in a
non-musical family. His father was a wrestler and wanted him to become
one. Scared of his father, Hari Prasad Chaurasia learnt music secretly.
At the age of 15, he started learning vocal music from Pandit Rajaram.
After some time, he switched to learning flute under the guidance of Pt.
Bholanath of Varanasi. Later on, while working for All India Radio, he
received guidance from the reclusive Annapurna Devi (daughter of Baba
Hariprasad Chaurasia has introduced several innovations in the art of
playing flute. He has significantly expanded the expressive
possibilities of North Indian classical flute through his masterful
blowing technique. Hariprasad Chaurasia has also made his mark as music
director in the Hindi film industry. In partnership with Pandit
Shivkumar Sharma, he has given music in several hit Hindi films such as
"Silsila", "Chandni", and "Lamhe".
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia has won several honors and awards. These
include: Sangeet Natak Academy Award (1984), Padma Bhushan (1992), and
Padma Vibhusan (2000).