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Hariprasad Chaurasia

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is an internationally renowned exponent of the bansuri. By the age of fifteen, he was studying classical vocal music with Pandit Raja Ram of Benares but changed his focus to playing the flute after hearing a recital by Pandit Bholanath. Chaurasia is considered to be one of India’s most-respected classical musicians; earning him several prestigious awards and honours – which included the Sangeet Natak Academy Award, the Padma Vibhushan, National Eminence, the title ‘Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau’ by the Dutch Royal family of Amsterdam, Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of France, amongst many others.

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