Author: Hari Prasad Chaurasia
Publisher: Music Today
ISBN/UPC (if available): CD A-04123
This set of 4 Music CDs has following tracks:
Alap and Gat in Madhyalaya Teentala and drut Teentala 44:35
Raga Jog 31:17
Alap, Gat in Madhyalaya Teentala And drut teentala
Alap, Gat in Teentala 28:44
Alap, Jod and Jhala 58:31
Raga Kaunsi Kanhara 37:52
Raga Kaunsi Kanhara
Gat in Rupak Tala 22:08
ABOUT THE ARTISTE:
Hari Prasad Chaurasia is one of the most popular contemporary flautists. The simple bamboo flute transformed by the late Pannalal Ghosh into an important instrument for interpreting the finer nuances of Indian classical music has indeed found a guardian angel in Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.Hari Prasad Chaurasia, has not only nurtured Panna Babu's legacy but with his natural talent for music and diligent practice combined with his highly innovative approach has made the flute almost indispensable for a concert of Indian classical music, anywhere in the world.
He belongs to the Senia Gharana but has imbibed the best features and facets of other forms and styles in his presentation. For instance, for his alap, he follows the dhrupad style; for jod, the gatkari; for compositions the khayal technique and for his dhun, the thumri and folk styles. The result of this heady mixture is a rich and unique composition that is both absorbing and fascinating.
His popularity on concert platforms in India brought acclaim from all over the world. He toured many countries such as Iran, the United States, and others in Europe to spread the music of India. He is the only Indian soloist to have performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. His performance in the Theatre Odeon in Paris was highly appreciated. Hari Prasad Chaurasia is equally at home with the popular music of films. He, along with Shivkumar Sharma, composed the scores for Hindi films like Silsila (An Episode) and Chandni (Moonlight), the music of which is popular even today.
Unlike many other great musicians of India, Hari Prasad Chaurasia was not born in a family of musicians. His father was a noted wrestler who was keen that his son follow his footsteps. Hari Prasad Chaurasia chose the path of music at the age of 15 instead. He learned the techniques of vocal classical music from Pandit Raja Ram of Benaras. Born in 1938, Hari Prasad Chaurasia is a Bachelor of Music and trained as a singer with Annapurna Shankar. She did not accept him as her student easily. In fact, he had to knock at her door for two years before she was even willing to listen to him play. He was under her tutelage for five years.Her influence not only gave his music new depth and dimension but also inspired him to pursue a performing career.He gave his maiden radio broadcast in 1955. In 1957, he joined Cuttack All India Radio as a performing artist and worked there for 5 years. Thereafter he was transferred to the station in Mumbai. His talents were at once recognised and appreciated and he was in great demand to play on stage and for the screen. This finally made him resign from All India Radio in 1964. Later, he got a chance to listen to a flute recital by Pandit Bholanath on All India Radio in 1965 and was so moved that he became the pupil of Panditji.
At present, because of the efforts of Hari Prasad Chaurasia,the flute has attained a status of a high level concert instrument.He is ever eager to experiment, and has even tried out techniques employed in Carnatic music.
He was given the National Award of the Sangeet Natak Academy in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music in 1983,. In 1990 he won the Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar.