Flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia was in the city for a felicitation ceremony organized by the boutique hotel, The Stadel at Nandan hall 3. As a tribute to the most revered flautist of our times a documentary film called “Bansuri Guru” which is based on the life and works of Pandit ji was also screened at the ceremony. Bratya Basu, Honorable minister for Higher Education, Govt of West Bengal, Rajeev Chaurasia, Pushpanjali Chaurasia (Script writer of Bansuri Guru), Rita Bhimani and Anil Bhutoria, Director of The Stadel were present at this ceremony. The flute maestro was felicitated and then the documentary on Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia’s life was shown to the assembled audience in the hall at Nandan.
The film Bansuri Guru is directed by his son Rajeev Chaurasia and is produced by Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt of India. The film has been narrated by Amitabh Bachchan. This documentary film is actually a series of interviews of the maestro in his own environment, at home, in an auditorium green room, at his Gurukul among the other backdrops. In the film he is shown reflecting, replying and retrospecting on his musical journey so far. The film also documents his life’s key milestones and aims to take a closer look at his persona that was never before seen by the world. The film according to Rajeev Chaurasia is “a story of a man’s triumph against odds to achieve that one thing closest to him- his passion, his perseverance to excel and his destiny to master his passion”. The film is of one hour duration. The language of the film is Hindi and it was made in 2012.
Speaking on the occasion, the maestro said “The city of Kolkata and its people have always inspired me. It gives me great joy to come and perform here every time. The people in the city have brought me a lot of happiness by being an integral part of my musical journey”.
The film Bansuri Guru is indeed a great film on the maestro and will be a legacy for the future generations in our country.