Disciple of Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia
Himanshu Nanda is an accomplished Hindustani Classical flautist and Director for Music at Chinmaya Naada Bindu – A gurukul for Indian performing arts, Kolwan, Pune, India.
A noted senior disciple of the legendary bansuri maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Himanshu Nanda is one of the very few handpicked students who has undergone rigorous training in his “Gurukul” at Mumbai. Himanshu, humbly strives to carry forward his guru’s tradition by evolving a unique style with a dimension of quietude and subtlety that attempts to convey music as a means of spiritual sadhana for the journey within.
Himanshu Nanda is an ardent performer who appeals to the learned and the novice alike and is known for his unique vibrant recitals, interactive lecture demonstrations, intuitive workshops and off-beat collaborations with artists of different genres.
A dynamic scholar and an inspiring guru with an in-depth understanding of hindustani flute, Himanshu Nanda’s passion in life is to keep alive the sanctity of art and uplift listeners to a higher plane of consciousness by meaningfully emphasising “silence” through music.
As he treads on as a seeker on the path of music and spirituality, he essays many roles that revolve around his calling in life: Music.
Himanshu has successfully blended the dhrupad style of music through the usage of gamaks and the tongue and finger techniques of traditional instrumental style in his playing. Known for his slow and steady alaap and jod, he seamlessly weaves complex rhythmic structures into melodic format in the Jhala portions of a performance. He has also accompanied his world-renowned guru Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia ji in various performances sharing the stage with artists like Fazal Quereshi, George Brooks, Gwyneth Wentink and Sivamani. Himanshu has enthralled audiences in India, Kenya, South Africa, France, USA, Sri Lanka, Singapore,Indonesia and Japan.
Himanshu has composed music and collaborated with various artists both in India and abroad. His musical productions like “Chinmaya Vani Vadya Vrinda”, “Navarasa to Ramarasa”, and “The Journey” have received both critical and popular acclaim. The sweet tone of his bansuri and firm grasp of ragas and technique has made him a sought after accompanist to Classical dancers as well. He has given melodic support to greats like Pt. Birju Maharaj, Sitara Devi, Darshana Jhaveri and many more prominent dancers of the nation.
Himanshu has a Masters degree in music from Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune and Sangeet Visharad from Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya. A double degree holder in Science and Education with a Computer Science Diploma he has a strong academic background and is an experienced teacher. He teaches and mentors flautists at both beginner and advanced levels and has trained nearly 200 students spread all over India and abroad: France, Japan, USA, UK and Kenya to name a few. Himanshu was a visiting faculty at IIT, Bombay and is the founding member of Chinmaya Swaranjali, the music-centred offshoot of the global Chinmaya Mission.
Himanshu Nanda’s awe for the bansuri was kindled in his early teen years by his first guru Shri Narendra Panda – a flautist and a light music performer at All India Radio. Young Himanshu was fascinated by the melody of the instrument and started learning flute under Narendraji. Recognizing his potential and the rapidity of his grasp, the principal of the music school, Shri Padma Charan Patra, decided to groom and mentor Himanshu.
Padma Charan Patra, a trained violinist and self-taught flautist, flute maker honed Himanshu’s talent further by laying a strong foundation in his early years. He emphasized the importance and the technique of perfect sound production on Bansuri and bore a strong influence in shaping up Himanshu’s fundamentals.
In the meantime he had an opportunity to learn briefly from an eminent flautist of Orissa, Pandit Mohini Mohan Patnaik, who subject Himanshu to rigorous training, helping him develop a style of his own.
A strange twist of destiny brought him face to face with the illustrious flute maestro Padma Vibhushan Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. Soon, Himanshu became one of the resident students handpicked by the maestro to receive training in his Vrindaban Gurkul at Mumbai.
Meeting Hariji was a turning point in Himanshu Nanda’s life and musical journey – the beginning of true sadhana in the realm of music under the traditional “Guru Shishya parampara”. Pt. Hariprasad ji, an epitome of knowledge, dedication, focus, discipline and compassion ignited the passion in Himanshu to pursue music with reverence. He taught him the power of silence and the importance of relentless sur sadhana. Himanshu imbibed the unique blowing and tonguing style of his Guru.
Pt. Hariprasad ji showed him the vastness and the depth of classical music and trained him in the art of improvisation. It was with his guru’s grace and loving guidance that Himanshu Nanda started identifying himself with Bansuri, an instrument through which he expressed himself. Music became the sole and sacred purpose of his life. Himanshu eventually became one of the distinguished senior resident disciples of Panditji in his “Gurukul” and began his performing career. He now humbly takes on the role of a torchbearer to carry forward the rich, ancient parampara of his guru.
Himanshu Nanda has been awarded many titles and accolades for his outstanding performances and contributions in the field of bansuri.
2014 – Yuva Pratibha Samman by Kalahandi Merchant Association, Odisha
2007 – Sur Mani by Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai
2006 – Yuva Pratibha Samman by Mahavir Samskritik Anusthan, Odisha
2002 – Student Scholarship by Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, Mumbai
1993 – Talent of The Year by The Dreamers, Cuttack, Odisha
1992 – Best Musician by Current Creators, Odisha