Interview with Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia

Pt. Hariprasad ChaurasiaThere is not much you can write about when the subject is such an overwhelming personality. But the scope is endless if you really want to. The aura of such a personality, such a graceful exponent of such a simple yet divine music instrument, often overtakes on your writing skills. You just want to give up everything and submerge in the melodious envelop that they create.

It is with such an excited hesitancy that we write about the world-famous bansuri (flute) player Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. He carried his passion with incomparable zeal and brought rich laurels to his art, his country, his dedication–rated as one of the finest exponents of Indian classical music, he brought the believed-to-be-a-folk-instrument into the hardcore premises of classical music and displayed unimaginable mastery.

Like an entrepreneur, he created his own niche; made the world believe that his art is worth appreciating; and created a legendary inheritance for younger generations to vie for. Without any musical background of his family, he rose beyond the boundaries of limitations. He experimented, he innovated, yet he delivered the most complex classical presentations with flute.

Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia and Pt. Vijay Ghate
Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia and Pt. Vijay Ghate in World Flute Festival

Respected by peers and disciples, maestros and the audience, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia still believes himself to be a disciple.

We present a telephonic conversation with this august artist.

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