Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is synonymous with the word 'Flute'. The legendary master flautist has elevated the 'bansuri' to a new level by popularising it as an authentic Indian Classical instrument. 'Flute Ecstasy' presents the collection of lighter ragas&dhun-s popularised world-wide by the flute maestro.�15�12
Sitar virtuoso, Ravi Shankar is everything that signifies unparalleled genius and boundless creativity. This culture icon is renowned for developing his unique style of sitar playing. He masterfully combines Indian classical and Western style to create his trademark style. This special collection presents some of the well-known ragas in classical music that the legendlends his unique style to. This album is a defining collection of the legend's genius on the sitar and an exploration into what is quintessentially the Ravi Shankar style. �15�12
Thaat is one of the most fundamental bases of classification system. Developed by the learnad musicologist Vishnu Narayan Bhatkande, thaat offers a framework to classify several ragas based on their musical scales. The Hindustani classical music system has thus, 10 thaat-s. Each thaat is a raga in itself and stands as a proud parent to several ragas that belong to its family. This album features vocal renditions of the popular ragas belonging to Marwa Thaat by the legends of classical music. �15�12
Ustad, as he is rightfully called, lauding his virtuosity as a master percussionist, is everything that signifies unparalleled genius and boundless creativity. This culture icon is renowned for developing his unique style of tabla playing. He masterfully combines Indian classical and western styles to create his trademark style. This album is a defining collection of the legend's genius on the tabla.
In my past there is a Krishna. In my dreams I dream of recreating a huge college of flautists, a veritable Vrindaban in which students will arrive to learn and study with satchels full of flutes, live in mud huts, eat at a common langar. A modern Vrindaban from which a thousand flutes will ring out everyday. For what else is there? When my breath is gone and I cannot play anymore what do I leave behind? Some dedicated students! When you leave nothing behind, you cry at the point of death, but I still dream, I dare to dream that through my playing and through my students my flute will be left behind as the memory of Krishna. -- Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, the internationally renowned exponent of the bansuri or bamboo flute, 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.
The younger Chaurasia had an early love of music, however, and by the age of 15 was taking his first steps toward a lifetime as a performer by studying classical vocal with Pandit Raja Ram of Benares.