New Delhi: Kalinga Literary Festival’s online platform KLF Bhava Samvad hosted a session on the book ‘Breath Of Gold: Hariprasad Chaurasia’ authored by Sathya Saran (Consulting editor, Penguin India) on 21st November, 2020. The session also welcomed internationally acclaimed flutist Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, and Gautam Chintamani (Film Historian & author).
Taking the discussion forward, Gautam said, “There’s an aspect of an artist’s life to nurture around nature. Panditji is the guiding light of Conciliatory in Amsterdam. While reading these interludes in the book, it feels as if Panditji himself is narrating the story.”
Sathya replies, “There are not many artists who nurture the same way with same dedication. Nobody wants to learn for so many years to perform in the live concert. Therefore no link is formed between teacher and student.”
She further says, “The stillness to learn has to be in a student when it comes to education or music.
Panditji’s milestones in life became the key narrative for the book. There were interludes that became small jewels in the book.”
Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia expresses, “Jackie Shroff gives me credit for a part of his popularity each time he comes to my Gurukul. It took me 3 years to convince Annapurna devi to learn the music for the instrument flute.
I was persistent to learn from her. I get emotional when I recall those days.
“Everybody dreams about different goals. Be it literature, acting or movies. Music is a lesson that you won’t get anywhere else except a gurukul due to the practical environment,” he adds.
He further says, “We organize activities in our gurukul to develop music. Govt of Odisha gave me a piece of land to organize a Gurukul. I used to work a job in Odisha. I’d only learn and keep learning more about music.”
Talking about the book, he says, “I’ve never seen a writer like Sathya who’s so dedicated that she even follows me in the background when I’m busy. Shivji’s bonding with me is more than a brother. We have a similar mindset when it comes to music. How this bond was formed is tough to explain.”