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Shri Rupak Kulkarni

Shri Rupak Kulkarni
Professor (Bansuri)
Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula
Gurukula for Performing Arts

Pandit Rupak Kulkarni hails from the illustrious lineage of Shrimati Annapurna Devi, and is the foremost disciple of the legendary Flute maestro Padma Vibhushan Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, who has given this grand tradition a brand new flavour with his unique sensuality and creativity.

A child prodigy, music was blown into Rupak’s breath by his father late Pt. Malhar Rao Kulkarni. He blossomed under the finest tutelage of Pt. Chaurasia, to become an outstanding exponent of Maihar Gharana. With arduous training and hard work he has mastered Dhrupad, Khayal and Tantrakari styles equally well. He ably combines Dhrupad with Khayal Gayaki, Aalap with Tatkar (Tonguing technique used for Jhala), improvisation with Layakari, breath control with finger work.


Work Experience
• Participated in many All India Radio, World Space Radio and various TV channels such as Doordarshan, STAR TV, Zee TV, and CNN-IBN, In Sync

Seminars & Workshops
• Invited by Trinity College of Music, London to give lecture demonstration.

Major Performances Abroad
• Darbar Festival (UK)
• Asian Super Flautist Festival (Japan)

Major Performances in India
• First solo flute performance at Darbar Hall, Baroda, at the age of 11
• Tansen Samaroh
• Peshkar World Music Festival
• Vishnu Digambar Paluskar Samaroh
• Harvallabh Music Festival
• Times of India 150 years celebration concerts
• Ustad Amir Khan Samaroh
• Sawai Gandharva Music Festival
• Uttarpara Sangeet Chakra
• Saptak Music Festival
• Gunidas Sammelan
• Hirabai Barodekar Smruti Samaroh
• Shruti Mandal

World Music
• He is a sought-after & popular musician in World Music

Collaborative Projects
• Worked with many Hollywood and Bollywood music directors to score background music in films

Compositional Work
• Has recreated ragas and created new compositions through the flute.

Awards & Certificates
• “Top” grade artist of All India Radio
• “Sangeet Prakarsh” award given by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, for contribution in Music

CDs & Recordings
• Chakraview “Journey towards spirituality within” (WorldWideRecords),
• Shraddha – Devotional (Times Music)
• Divinity – Instrumental (Times Music)
• The Flautist (HMV)
• Allure (RagaRang, USA)
• Draupadi “Five styles of Bansuri vadan” (Times Music)
• Learn to play flute (Gitanjali)
• Dharohar (Times Music)
• Tenderly (Rhythm House)
• Music Therapy for Migraine (Times Music)
• De-Stress Revive (Times Music)
• Music for Sound Sleep (Times Music)
• The Divine Wheel (Sense World, London)
• Music Therapy for Diabetes (Times Music)
• Akansha (Ninaad)
• Garbhankur (Times Music)
• Sumadhur (Legendary Legacy)

Music Albums (World music & Fusion)
• Unwind 1 & 2 (Ninaad Music)
• Monsoon Magic (Plus Music)
• Drishti (Times Music)
• Trinity (Sona Rupa)
• Eternity (Times Music)

Unless we have a definite faith in the goal of our existence, and unless we believe, work for, and actually come to experience the goal positively as an existent factor, there is no hope of any plan becoming successful. —Swami Chinmayananda
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