The flute is an indispensable part of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia’s identity. Now, an upcoming documentary, Basuri Guru, which is being made by his son Rajiv, captures the maestro’s love for the instrument and his journey to world-wide fame. In this interview he tells us what he thinks about the film, and shares memories from his days in Bollywood.
Tell us something about the documentary.
It’s a good piece of work. Though my entire journey cannot be captured in such a short span, Rajiv has incorporated a lot of details about my life. The best part is that the film does not glorify me at all.
How did you start playing the flute?