Described as the ‘treasure trove’ of Indian classical music the NCPA Archives has over 5000 hours of music of the ‘who’s who’ of classical music both in the Hindustani and carnatic styles. Maintained for over 4 decades in the most ideal conditions of temperature and humidity, and on the best recording formats the NCPA archives preserves and protects India’s rich musical heritage.
According to the Artist themselves the work recorded on the archives feature some of their best works recorded at the prime of their careers. This wonderful khazana beings presented to the music loving public for the first time.
Internationally acclaimed flautist, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia is a rare combination of innovator and traditionalist. He has significantly expanded the expressive possibilities of classical North Indian flute playing through his masterful blowing technique and his unique adaptation of alap and jod to the flute.
Born on July 1, 1938 in Allahabad, Chaurasia did not come from a long lineage of flautists. His father was a famous wrestler who aspired to see his son follow in his footsteps. However Chaurasia loved music and began his musical pursuit at the age of 15, learning the classical vocal technique from Pt. Bholanath Prasanna, a noted flautist from Varanasi, and began to train under him for eight years. In 1957, barely out of his teens, Chaurasia became a regular staff member of All India Radio in Cuttack where he worked both as a performer and music composer. He was then transferred to All India Radio, Bombay in 1952 where he received further guidance from surbahar player Annapurna Devi-Daughter of Ustad Allaudin Khan of the Maihar School of Music. Under here guidance Hariprasad Charasia's music acquire new depths and he left All India Radio to pursue his performing career.
The hallmark of Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia's music is his phenomenal breath-control, accurate blowing technique, perfect tunefulness of each swar, sweeping meends, vigorous vigorous gamaks, bol-banaavs in the vocal style, rhythmic interplays and captivating tans. With his flute he has created music as varied a classical, semi-classical, bhajans, dhuns, filmi-dhuns and folk music.
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to music, he has been heaped with honors and accolades including the Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1984, the Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar in 1990 and the padma Bhushan in 1992, among several others.
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