Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is the undisputed premier flutist in North Indian (Hindustani) Classical Music. Even his students are among the leading exponents of this tradition. For almost 30 years Hariji, as he is known to his students, associates and fans, has taught at Cobarts Conservatory in Rotterdam, Holland.
Hariji was recently interviewed by Cobarts (Rotterdam Conservatory) associate Giovanca. The interview, which is reproduced here, provides insight, not so much into the technicalities of playing the simple bamboo flute known as bansuri, but into the personal, spiritual significance of music for one of the great world masters of the flute.
Selecting a raga of Hariji’s to play is a little difficult, as all North Indian rāgas are intended to be performed at specific seasons or times of day. To overcome this difficulty, here are some rāgas, performed by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, in the hope that one of them will be appropriate for the moment when you are accessing this article.
If you are unable to play this rāga at the specified time, please come back later when the time is right. Hariji wouldn’t want these pieces played at the wrong time. To make things easier, the following piece, Rāga Miya Malhar is associated not with a specific time of day, but with the rainy season. Thus, it can be played during the rainy season in India, during a rain storm elsewhere, or during a drought when some rain would be welcome!
This piece is Rāga Kirwani which is normally performed around midnight. (Thelonius Monk must therefore be referring to this rāga in his famous standard ‘Round Midnight!)
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