Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia
Unlike several of the great Indian artistes, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia does not come from a musical family background. He found music to be his calling and trudged his own path to the standing that he enjoys today. He achieved greatness through sheer grit, sincere devotion, and dedication. Born on July 1st, 1938 in Allahabad, he began pursuing music since the age of 15, learning classical vocal music from Pandit Rajaram. However, his true calling was with the flute, which he discovered after hearing Pandit Bholanath, a revered flautist from Varanasi. Hariji tutored under Pandit Bholanath for eight years. Hari ji’s students from Vrindaban gurukul recently featured on RFPA exclusive, Holi Ke Rang.