School of Kalayoga
With music blown into his breath by father, late Pt. Malhar Kulkarni, Rupak Kulkarni blossomed under the finest tutelage of the flute maestro Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia to become an outstanding exponent of “Maihar Gharana”. As a “Ganda Bandh” shagird (a Shishya tied in a bond of love and respect to his Guru) of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia since the age of 12, Rupak with arduous training and hard work, has mastered “Dhrupad, Khayal and Tantrakari ang” (style) equally well. In fact, his recital is always a rare treat combining Dhrupad and Khayal gayaki, melodious alap and scintillating “Tatkar” (tounging technique used for Jhala) innovative improvisation with mesmerising “Layakari”, great breath control and dexterous finger work. At the age of 11, Rupak gave his first solo flute performance at Darbar Hall, Baroda. Since then, he has performed in almost all music conferences worldwide. He is also a very sought-after musician in world music. With concerts across the globe in many countries, Rupak has acquired a dignified maturity in his playing at an enviably early age. His concert at “Asian Super Flautist Festival” in Japan is particularly a memorable one. In India too, Rupak has performed at almost all the prestigious music conferences. Rupak has lent his musical prowess to many melodies hitting the chart busters. He has worked with renowned music directors from Bollywood. Films such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam (K3G), Fiza, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer etc. have him playing in not just the main songs but also in the background scores, arousing emotions varying from pathos to exuberance. Rupak has collaborated with many renowned musicians from the West to create scintillating music.
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