August 13, 2020
A maestro of the bansuri – an Indian bamboo flute.
Flautist and composer Hariprasad Chaurasia’s oeuvre is explored in Meeting Rivers’ latest mix – the fifth instalment in a six-part series by Kam Bhogal and Sach Dhanjal that focuses on Indian classical music.
“Meeting Rivers began as a project focused on preserving the wisdom and stories of Indian classical musicians from past and present,” share Bhogal and Dhanjal. “Our curation focuses on quotes, images, and audio excerpts, with a common narrative in the expression of belief and a connection to something higher,” they share. “We view these as universal sentiments that exist beyond the genre of indian classical music.”
“The Yogis regulated the rhythm of the circulation, of the heart, and of every action of the breath by the help of the vibration of music, of both tone and rhythm. This brought them from the audible vibrations to the inward vibrations; that is to say from sound to breath. For this the Hindus have one and the same word: sura, a name for both sound and breath.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan
“In episode five of our profile series, we follow Hariprasad Chaurasia on the journey of breath and the inseparable relationship between nature, sound and the spirit. ”
We learn about his relationship with his instrument and Lord Krishna, how Riyaaz (practice) becomes an embodiment of prayer, along with his thoughts on change and innovation within music.
Meeting Rivers #05 features archival recordings of Ragas Bhimpalasi, Bhairavi, Bageshree, Bhoopali, Janasmohini, and Kirwani along with collaborations with M. Balamuralikrishna, Zakir Hussain and more. mixed and produced by Sach Dhanjal & Kam Bhogal, with audio restoration and mastering by Jazz Bhandal.
Photos by Raghu Rai.