As Ravishankar is master of Sitar, Hariprasad is the master of flute from India.
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is an internationally renowned exponent of the Bansuri or bamboo flute. His musical career has spanned over 50 years with over 100 albums released. He has collaborated with several western musicians, including John McLaughlin and Jan Gabarek, and has also composed music for a number of films. He has performed throughout the world, winning acclaim from varied audiences and fellow musicians including Yehudi Menuhin and Jean Pierre Rampal.
He has been awarded the National Award of the Sangeet Natak Academy (1984), the Konark Samman (1992), the Padma Bhushan(1992), the Yash Bharati Sanman (1994), Rajiv Gandhi Ekta Award (1998), Padma Vibhushan (2000), Hafeez Ali Khan Award (2000), Dinanath Mangeshkar Award (2000), “Orders des Arts et Lettres” (Knight Of The Order Of Arts & Letters - 2009), Nada Vidya Bharati(2010) and honorary doctorates from North Orissa University and IIT Kharagpur(2010).
He was invited to perform at Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Oslo and his music. He also heads the World Music Department at the Rotterdam Music Academy.