Breath of Gold
Fights, action, music, romance, secret trysts-renowned classical musician Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia's life reads almost like a film script. Wrestler in the morning, student during the daytime and flute player in secret, he lived more than a double life through his early years, till he broke away from his wrestler father's watchful eye to join All India Radio as a flautist.
His marriage, relocation to Bombay and his foray into films were events rich in drama. As were his meetings with other musical greats, including Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, his dearest friend and music partner, with whom he composed the music for films like Silsila, Lamhe and Chandni. His reminiscences about his journey as a student of the reclusive Annapurna Devi, daughter of the famed Allauddin Khan of Maihar, give deep insights into his nature as well as that of his guruma.
Sathya Saran's free-flowing style makes disconnected incidents from Hariprasad Chaurasia's life come together to make the ride more intriguing.
Sathya Saran narrates the story of the master flautist with fluency in her biography, Hariprasad Chaurasia: Breath Of Gold. Apart from his musical achievements, through a series of anecdotes, she brings across his warmth, friendliness and sense of humour. Saran’s smooth and engrossing style was evident in her earlier music biographies of ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh and ace composer SD Burman, and here, she effortlessly brings out Chaurasia’s musical personality.