Hariprasad Chaurasia's Vrindaban Gurukul inaugurated
BHUBANESWAR: Legendary flutist Hariprasad Chaurasia's Vrindaban Gurukul, an institution for training in Indian classical music, was inaugurated here on Sunday. Celebrated actor couple Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, santoor maestro Shiv Kumar Sharma and Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik were the special guests for the occasion, while Chaurasia was present with his family.
“Half-a-century ago, I came to Orissa to embark on my musical journey. This land has nourished my soul and nurtured my spirit. Through this Gurukul I wish to give back a small part of what I received from here,” remarked Mr. Chaurasia who commenced his career at 19 as a staff artiste with All India Radio, Cuttack, and was married to Oriya singer Anuradha Chaurasia. “Hariji (Hariprasad) and Shivji (Shiv Kumar) are the icons and ambassadors of Indian classical music. We have spent wonderful moments together during the making of the film Silsila (for which Shiv-Hari scored music and Amitabh sang and acted as well).
I would cherish the memory for ever,” stated the iconic actor. Taking a cue from him, Jaya recollected that it was Shiv Kumar's santoor that brought the couple together before their marriage.
“Today I wish to share a secret with you. It is your santoor that we used to listen together for hours,” she revealed while referring to the maestro. “We are not mere friends, but more than two brothers. We met more than 50 years ago and we share a very beautiful bond between us. We worked together for films and immensely popular discs like Call of the Valley,” stated Shiv Kumar. He further emphasised on the relevance of government patronage for the artistes. Bhubaneswar has emerged as an important centre of cultural activities in the country and the Gurukul would be yet another milestone for the cultural canvas of the State, remarked Mr. Patnaik. “Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan are the living legends of Indian films and I am happy to welcome them to my State,” he said and assured to extend all possible support for the Gurukul. Chaurasia's son Rajiv welcomed while the maestro's wife Anuradha, daughter-in-law Kasturi were also present. Earlier on the day, the Bachchan couple had a visit to Puri for a darshan of Lord Jagannath.