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Bansuri Guru: A humble tribute of a son to his father

 

Posted Wednesday July 06, 2016

Hariprasad Chaurasia, Flute Maestro, Odisha  
 
While tracing Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia's early life in Allahabad, the documentary 'Bansuri Guru' has captured his rise as a musician at Odisha's filigree city 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.  
HNF Correspondent  
 

‘Bansuri Guru’, a biographical documentary on internationally acclaimed flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, was unveiled in Odisha today by Governor Dr. S. C. Jamir who described the musician as a “living legend” saying “he could make the flute talk”.

“It is a great tribute to the maestro whose whole life has been dedicated to music”, Dr. Jamir said at the screening ceremony.

“He is a living legend and he could make the flute talk”, he said.

 

The 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 Rajeev.

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.

Rajeev, 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.

 
 

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