Meet Pt. Rupak Kulkarni, the leading and renowned Hindustani Classical Instrumental Flute (BANSURI) player, up close for an enlightening experience. Full WBRi interview-feature at http://www.WashingtonBanglaRadio.com
Learning from his father about the importance to seek for the right master to learn music, Pt. Rupak Kulkarni openly confessed of being fortunate to have a legend for a master. At the age of 9, he became a devoted disciple to the legendary flautist Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, taking arduous lessons from him. The bond between the master and disciple deepened over the years and he remains indebted to his master till today. Letting out an early anecdote between the two, Pt. Kulkarni mentions the difficult experience of having to master the raag Bhairavi for 5 long years, simply to prove to his master that he had the patience necessary to pursue music. In his guru, he found the perfect blend of a tutor and performer, a quality that is rarely found in most virtuosos. Graduating with economics and political science, Pt. Kulkarni, who belongs to the Maihar Gharana, continued to keep music as his central focus. However, he maintains that biggest challenge facing him was to demystify the overwhelming influence of his Guru and create a distinctive style of his own. This is why he began to develop several innovative styles, such as playing in the staccato style at double speed and mastering breath control with dexterous finger work.