60 minute documentary, capturing the unknown facets of the maestro’s early life
and his rise as an icon in the world of music, has been produced by the
government-run Films Division of India (FDI), and directed by Panditji’s son
While tracing the
maestro’s early life in Allahabad, the documentary has captured his rise as a
musician at Cuttack where he joined the All India Radio as an artist in the
1950’s on a handsome salary of Rs. 160 per month in those days. Pandit Chaurasia
virtually made Cuttack his home and was instrumental in providing the classical
Odissi dance the push it needed in collaboration of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra
and Bhubaneswar Mishra.
His transfer to Mumbai in 1960 was the
turning point in his life as it opened the doors of Bollywood for him as
his fame as an exponent of the flute spread far and wide.
‘Bansuri Guru’, depicting Pandit Chaurasia
in everyday life, has been shot in Mumbai, Bhubaneswar and Rotterdam,
the maestro’s three preferred places of stay. It provides a glimpse into
his personality, his moods, his memories. It is a very personal film and
not only does it show Panditji, it also includes his students, his
friends and well-wishers.
The film, which begins with an
introduction by actor Amitabh Bachchan and contains extensive interviews
with Pandit Chaurasia, santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and table
legends Ustad Zakir Hussain and Vijay Ghate, was screened in select
theatres across the country on Friday.
Pandit Chaurasia was present
at the inauguration and was felicitated by the Governor on the occasion
along with eminent sculptor Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra.
director of the film and son of the maestro, said that his directorial
debut was “a humble tribute of a son to his father”. “It is not a boring
documentary and we have used the story-telling format using cinematic
idioms with powerful music”, he said.