Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia: The Virtuoso

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, the internationally renowned exponent of the bansuri, surprisingly does not come from a long lineage of flautists. His father was a famous wrestler who had aspirations of his son following in his footsteps. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, the internationally renowned exponent of the bansuri, surprisingly does not come from a long lineage of flautists. His father was a famous wrestler who had aspirations of his son following in his footsteps. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
The younger Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia had an early love of music. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
The younger Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia had an early love of music. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
By age of 15, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia took his first steps toward a lifetime as a performer by studying classical vocal with Pandit Raja Ram of Benares. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
By age of 15, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia took his first steps toward a lifetime as a performer by studying classical vocal with Pandit Raja Ram of Benares. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
When Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia was just 19, he got a job playing for All India Radio, Cuttack, Orissa, and within five years he was transferred to their headquarters in Bombay. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
When Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia was just 19, he got a job playing for All India Radio, Cuttack, Orissa, and within five years he was transferred to their headquarters in Bombay. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is a dedicated teacher with several devoted art music students world-wide, many of whom are beginning to make their mark on the concert stage. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is a dedicated teacher with several devoted art music students world-wide, many of whom are beginning to make their mark on the concert stage. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
In 1992, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia was awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Konarak Samman. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
In 1992, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia was awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Konarak Samman. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
In 2000, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia was awarded the Padma Vibhushan. He also received the Hafiz Ali Khan Award and the Dinanath Mangeshkar Award. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
In 2000, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia was awarded the Padma Vibhushan. He also received the Hafiz Ali Khan Award and the Dinanath Mangeshkar Award. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia with singer Shubha Mudgal.
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia with singer Shubha Mudgal.
In 1998, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia's 60th birthday, 'Samarpan'-VCD Special 60th Birthday Edition was launched. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
In 1998, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia's 60th birthday, 'Samarpan'-VCD Special 60th Birthday Edition was launched. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)

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