Chaurasia bansuri concert

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasis born: 1 July 1938 (71 years old) at Allahabad genres: Hindustani classical music instrument: bansuri (North Indian bamboo flute)@

Live At Dhaka Club Date: Friday, the 23rd October 2009 Time: 21:30-23:30 (no break time)

Chaurasia is a classicist who has made a conscious effort to reach out and expand the audience for classical music.

He was born in a non musical family. His father was a wrestler. His mother died when he was four.

He had to learn music almost in secret, scared of the father who wanted him to become a wrestler. rainbow bridge

He did train his body with his father, although he also started learning music in secret.

He has credited this wrestling training for giving him the immense stamina and lung power that are the hallmarks his flute playing,stating that,

"I was not any good wrestling, I went there only to please my father. But maybe because of the strength and stamina I built up then, I'm able to play the basuri even today."

He is considered a rare combination of innovator and traditionalist. He has expanded the expressive possibilities of the bansuri.

He serves as the Artistic Director of the World Music Department at the Rotterdam Music Conservatory in the Netherlands.

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