Haldipur - Flute (bansuri)
The talented Nityanand Haldipur - ranked
among India's leading flautists and a senior disciple of the
reclusive genius, Padma Bhushan Smt. Annapurna Devi - represents
the pure essence of a highly revered musical heritage.
Born in Bombay in a deeply spiritual family, Nityanand was
fortunate to have the right environment for his latent musical
talents to blossom. His first guru who initiated him into the
art, technique and aesthetics of flute-playing was his father,
the late Shri Niranjan Haldipur - a senior disciple of the
renowned flute maestro, the late Pandit Pannalal Ghosh. The warm
soothing sounds of the bamboo flute were an early, pervading
influence. And for young Nityanand to be attracted to the
instrument was only natural.
Over the next two decades, Nityanand's training continued under
the late Pandit Chidanand Nagarkar, and Pandit Devendra
Murdeshwar, seniormost disciple of late Pandit Pannalal Ghosh,
under whom Nityanand perfected his technique.
However, it was after 1986, when
Padma Bhushan Smt. Annapurna Devi
- doyen of the Senia-Maihar gharana - and daughter of the
legendary Ustad Allauddin Khansaheb (Baba), the fountainhead of
the gharana - accepted him as one of her disciples, that
Nityanand's talent and musicianship truly flowered. It
progressively acquired depth, maturity and a new dimension.
(Picture: Nityanand at age 9, receiving instruction from
Late Pt. Pannalal Ghosh.)
The polished tonal grace, rhythmic elegance, and depth as
well as lucidity of expression evident in Nityanand's
playing are the result of his continuing advanced training
and refinement under Smt. Annapurna Devi. It embodies the
hallowed teaching traditions of the Senia-Maihar gharana and
follows the same arduous riyaz and persevering commitment
that has produced virtuosi like Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit
Ravi Shankar, the late
Ghosh and the late
Pandit Nikhil Banerjee.
To the rigours of such a preeminent tradition, Nityanand has
added his own dedication and finesse - through painstaking
practice, assiduous assimilation and erudite presentation.
Absorbing what is pure, beautiful and dignified in
Hindustani classical music, Nityanand has imbibed the
difficult grammar, discipline and subtleties of the rich
legacy he has inherited.
While his Dhrupand-ang alaps and
the distinctly formatted jod in the vilambit compositions
are serene, contemplative and introspective, his drut
renderings are lilting and imbued with a fascinating variety
of rhythmic patterns. Nityanand has performed at several
music conferences including the SAARC Festival and the Apna
Utsav series. Music lovers and critics alike, in India and
abroad, have acclaimed his imaginative and haunting
rendition of ragas. His performances are replete with
unexpected, sweet and breathtaking improvisations. An
eclectic musician, Nityanand has kept his mind and ears open
to the beat that other styles and cultures have to offer.
His rich and extensive repertoire covers a wide canvas: from
the pure classical to the experimental fusion.
A Top Grade artist of AIR and Doordarshan, Nityanand has participated in the National Programme of Music and the All India Radio Sangeet Sammelan. His music is also available on the Magnasound and Lineage labels.
In 2010, Nityanand Haldipur was given the highest award for his contribution to Indian classical music by Sangeet Natak Academy, Govt. Of India, New Delhi.
© Nityanand Haldipur 1999-2011