Can you name few famous Indian Flutist ?
Some of the best Indian Flautist are :
1)Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia: He is a renowned Indian classical flutist who was born on 1st July, 1938 in Uttar Pradesh, India. Chaurasia is known internationally and is also the greatest master of the Bansuri, or flute. He has done a lot to bring the bansuri in the Hindustani classical music tradition to the masses and popularise it.Being a wrestler, Chaurasia’s father wanted him to follow suit, but that was not to happen. Chaurasia initially took training in vocal music at the age of 15 and then started learning the flute for eight years. He later went on to work for All India Radio.Chaurasia has also made a mark as a music director and has also collaborated on cross-cultural performances.At present, he is the artistic direction of the World Music Department at the Rotterdam Music Conservatory in the Netherlands. He is the found of two academies that train children in Hindustani bansuri. Chaurasia has also collaborated with various international artistes such as Jean-Pierre Rampa, The Beatles.
2) Ronu Majumdar: He is a popular Indian flautist in the Hindustani Classical tradition. He was born on 28th July, 1965 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Majumdar was trained under his father and it was Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao who motivated Ronu to become a concert flautist.Ronu Majumdar specialises in the Shank Bansuri which is 3 feet in length and is designed by him. This special bansuri adds special intonations into the lower scales. Majumdar has a lot of awards and nominations to his credit. He has been bestowed the President’s Gold Medal, the Aditya Vikram Birla Award as well as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. He also was nominated in the Grammy’s during 1996 for his work on the album Tabula Rasa. Majumdar also has released more than 30 audio tracks. He is particularly popular amongst the youth due to his modern improvisations.