|Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia
Web site: http://www.hariprasadchaurasia.com
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ANGELES—The Skirball Cultural Center presents
classical Indian musician Pandit Hariprasad
Chaurasia, world-renowned virtuoso of the bansuri
(North Indian bamboo flute), in a performance of
spiritual music on Sunday, October 2, at 8:00 p.m. He
will take the stage accompanied by Jay Gandhi on
second bansuri flute and Subhankar Banerjee, one of
India’s foremost tabla players. The concert is
presented as part of this year’s World Festival of
Sacred Music, Los Angeles.
Chaurasia is known for his outstanding contributions
to the popularization of Indian classical music abroad.
His consummate artistry has distinguished him as a
master of the bansuri and a legend in his own time.
He has delighted audiences around the world with his
versatility and inimitable style.
Made from a piece of hollowed-out bamboo, the bansuri flute has just six finger holes.
Skilled at both breathing and blowing techniques, Chaurasia can play an astounding
range of four-and-a-half octaves, significantly expanding the expressive possibilities of
the instrument. His skills have enabled him to adapt the fast tempo of the jod and
jhala (passages usually played on string instruments) to the flute.
Chaurasia adheres to the training known as Senia Gharana, but integrates other styles
into his playing. When playing an alap (an opening non-rhythmic section of a song),
for instance, Chaurasia follows the dhrupad style (a single melodic line with no
harmonics). In his vocal compositions, Chaurasia uses the khayal style (a modern
genre of North Indian classical singing), while for his dhun (light instrumental) pieces,
he incorporates thumri (romantic and devotional music from North India).
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