Youth to take efforts on encouraging the culture of Indianclassical music – Pravin Godkhindi

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Pune, December 11: “Today’s generation is more attracted towards fusion music than the classical music. Classical music has peace and power in it, therefore, the youth needs to take efforts on encouraging the culture of classical music,” said the talented flutist, singer, music director and composer, Pravin Godkhindi. He was conversing with Shrinivas Joshi – Executive President, Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal in his interview in ‘Antaranga’, a special interactive session of 63rd Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav.

Being the second day of Shadja, there was a short film screening held on the musical journey of Padma Vibhushan Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. This hour long documentary titled as, ‘Bansuri Guru – Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia’ is directed by none other than flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia’s youngest son Rajiv Chaurasia.

While speaking on the occasion, the flutist Pravin Godkhindi unfolded his musical tour and presented instances of his few unique styles of music that have been mesmerising the connoisseurs and inspiring the young listeners. He said, “In Indian mythology, Lord Krishna – the god with the flute has an undefined magic embedded in his flute. Similarly, it is difficult to explain the legacy of Pandit Pannalal Ghosh and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.”

Mentioning the eternal presence of Flute in multiple cultures, the flute maestro said, “Flute is the only musical instrument that has its strong presence in every civilisation. The modern day flutist of India is so innovative as far as techniques are concerned that they are managing to play jazz, rock and other music on the bamboo flute. This development is vital for the future flutists since these techniques have begun to give a new dimension to the traditional classical music apart from the collaborative fusion genre.”

Pravin Godkhindi paid gratitude towards his father, Venkatesh Godkhindi a renowned Basuri player. Venkatesh Godkhindi being from the Kirana Gharana had his own unique style of singing on flute, which is known as Gayki Style. Pravin Godkhindi mentioned that he had always tried to follow the style of Bharat Ratna, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi who had always inspired his father, Venkatesh Godkhindi.

During the session, remembering the contribution of the legendary artist, Dr. Nanasaheb Deshpande towards the Indian Classical Music, Dr. Prabhakar Deshpande, Sheela Deshpande and Ustad Usman Khan handed over the picture frame of Dr. Nanasaheb Deshpande to Shrinivas Joshi.