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Saturday , February 8 , 2014
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...Master casts a spell with flute
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He’s 75-years-old, but his reign over the flute — a musical instrument that demands absolute control of breathing —is absolute.

Flautist, maestro and Padma Vibhushan Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia cast a spell on young and old alike in Bokaro with scintillating performances as part of a SPIC-Macay tour.

While his two-and-a-half-hour-long performance mesmerised the audience at Bokaro Club Cinema Arena on Thursday evening, his flute made magic again at Delhi Public School on Friday morning.

At Bokaro Club, the master flautist started the evening with Raga Bihag and Jhaptal around 7.30pm. Bokaro Steel Limited teamed up with SPIC-Macay for the event.

With Ustad Rashid Mustafa Thirkawa on tabla and Ranju Singh on tanpura, the stalwart wove out melodious tunes through the hollow piece of wood with unparalleled dexterity and smoothness, leaving over 3,000 audience spellbound.

Music lovers paid their tribute with frequent and thunderous applause and wah-wahs.

Pandit Chaurasia played different ragas — Bhairavi, Yaman, Hamsadhwani, Shyam Kalyan and Rajeshri, among others — as the audience remained glued to their seats for the next two-and-a-half hours. After the performance, Chaurasia interacted with the audience. “How do we identify different gharanas?” asked someone from the audience.

“Why should you? What will you get by knowing about the gharanas? Just enjoy the music,” pat came the reply from the master.

He added: “Appreciate music with your soul and you will get spiritual pleasure.”

On Friday morning, the legend struck a chord with over 3,000 students on the campus of DPS, Bokaro, where he performed for more than an hour.

Interacting with the students, Chaurasia said, “Bansuri (flute) is the only musical instrument that comes directly from nature (read bamboo) and it directly connects us to the almighty.”