Music that transcends the north-south divide

P.K. Ajith Kumar
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Flautist Himanshu Nanda.
Flautist Himanshu Nanda.

Himanshu Nanda is surprised that Hindustani flute has so many connoisseurs in Kerala. “All my four concerts over the past three days have been well received,” the Pune-based musician told The Hindu , shortly after his recital at the Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Science in Kozhikode on Wednesday. “This was for the first time that I was performing at a hospital and it felt great to see such a good response for my recital.”

Nanda says it is nice to find that Hindustani classical music is appreciated in Kerala. “I had very a good audience for my concerts at Payyannur and Purameri,” he says. “I have five disciples from Kerala and I think Kerala Gharana, on whose invitation I am here, is doing a great job in popularising classical art forms in this State.”

Nanda believes Indian classical arts should reach more people. “It is one of the objectives of Pune-based Chinmaya Nada Bindu, of which I am the director of music,” he says. Nanda, a disciple of Hariprasad Chaurasia, says he would love to collaborate with a Carnatic flutist. “I like listening to Carnatic violin as well,” he says. “I enjoy experimenting in music. That is why I like to accompany classical dancers. I have played flute for dancers, including Sitara Devi (Kathak), the Jhaveri sisters (Manipuri) and Jhelum Paranjpe (Odissi),” says Nanda, who hails from Orissa.

“I was into Hindustani music, both vocal and instrumental, from a young age. But my life was changed when I listened to Chaurasia in New Delhi once,” he says. “I wanted to be his disciple. He was gracious enough to accept me.”

P.K. Ajith Kumar




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