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Profile >> Anand Murdeshwar

Anand hailed from a musical family (his grandfather was the legendary Pannalal Ghosh and his father the eminent Bansuri player, late Pt. Devendra Murdeshwar). Anand was born into and brought up in a highly charged musical atmosphere. At the tender age of six, he could differentiate between the styles of his grandfather, and father. Initially, he learnt vocal music from his grandmother Smt. Parul Ghosh and his mother, Smt. Sudha Murdeshwar (daughter of Pannalal Ghosh).

Though initially attracted to tabla playing, Anand showed interest in the flute in his teens. He received his first lesson in Raga Yaman on the flute from his grandmother, Smt. Parul Ghosh. Later, his father, Pt. Devendra Murdeshwar, groomed him. Anand showed great promise and participated in college and inter college competitions, always bagging the first prize. In his college days, he became a much sought after musician and represented his college and university (Bombay University) in competitions.


Anand represented flute playing as propagated by his grandfather and father. According to him, his grandfather Shri Pannalal Ghosh had a sonorous, vibrant and meditative style, while his father’s style was sweet and soft. He himself tried to combine the two styles. Right from the beginning, he was groomed in the Gayaki style of playing which is the hallmark of his gharana. He cultivated an atmosphere of serenity and depth, which were special features of that great-departed master, Pt. Pannalal Ghosh’s playing.

He played the type of instrument innovated by his grandfather, namely one with a seventh hole, which enables bridging the upper and lower octaves in a most effective manner. He also mastered other special techniques of his gharana, including playing easily in the third octave. While creating all sorts of sparkling variations in the speedier parts of his raga renditions, he never lost sight of the essential mood of the melody being performed, keeping the aesthetic element of music in the forefront. Thus he achieved a place of pride amongst the younger generation of flautists.


He won the much-coveted Mood–Indigo Instrumental Trophy, sponsored by IIT Bombay. He was also a recipient of “Surmani” award of the Sur Singar Samsad and the winner of the first prize in flute playing in the AIR music competitions. He performed in music conferences throughout the country and abroad.