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The talented Nityanand Haldipur – ranked among the country’s leading flautists and a senior disciple of the reclusive genius, Padma Bhushan Smt. Annapurna Devi – represents the pure essence of a highly revered musical heritage.

Background


Born in Bombay in a deeply spiritual family, Nityanand was fortunate to have the right environment for his latent musical talents to blossom. His first guru who initiated him into the art, technique and aesthetics of flute playing was his father, the late Shri Niranjan Haldipur – a senior disciple of the renowned flute maestro, the late Pandit Pannalal Ghosh. The warm soothing sounds of the bamboo flute were an early, pervading influence. And for young Nityanand to be attracted to the instrument was only natural.

Over the next two decades, Nityanand’s training continued under the late Pandit Chidanand Nagarkar, and Pandit Devendra Murdeshwar, seniormost disciple of late Pandit Pannalal Ghosh, under whom Nityanand perfected his technique. However, it was after 1986, when Padma Bhushan Smt. Annapurna Devi – doyenne of the Senia-Maihar gharana – and daughter of the legendary Ustad Allauddin Khansaheb (Baba), the fountainhead of the gharana – accepted him as one of her disciples, that Nityanand’s talent and musicianship truly flowered. It progressively acquired depth, maturity and a new dimension.

Style


The polished tonal grace, rhythmic elegance, and depth as well as lucidity of expression evident in Nityanand’s playing are the result of his continuing advanced training and refinement under Smt. Annapurna Devi. It embodies the hallowed teaching traditions of the Senia-Maihar gharana and follows the same arduous riyaaz, and persevering commitment that has produced virtuosi like Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, the late Pannalal Ghosh, and the late Pandit Nikhil Banerjee.

To the rigours of such a pre-eminent tradition, Nityanand has added his own dedication and finesse – through painstaking practice, assiduous assimilation and erudite presentation. Absorbing what is pure, beautiful and dignified in Hindustani classical music, Nityanand has imbibed the difficult grammar, discipline and subtleties of the rich legacy he has inherited. While his Dhrupand-ang alaps and the distinctly formatted jod in the vilambit compositions are serene, contemplative and introspective, his drut renderings are lilting and imbued with a fascinating variety of rhythmic patterns.

Achievements


Nityanand has performed at several music conferences including the SAARC Festival and the Apna Utsav series. Music lovers and critics alike, in India and abroad, have acclaimed his imaginative and haunting rendition of ragas. His performances are replete with unexpected, sweet and breath-taking improvisations. An eclectic musician, Nityanand has kept his mind and ears open to the beat that other styles and cultures have to offer. His rich and extensive repertoire covers a wide canvas: from the pure classical to the experimental fusion.

A regular broadcaster over the Bombay Station of the All India Radio and Doordarshan, Nityanand has participated in the National Programme of Music and the All India Radio Sangeet Sammelan. His music is also available on the Magnasound and Lineage labels.

Excerpts from Press Reviews


True Voice of the Flute….

“However, three cheers to Nityanand Haldipur who brings a breath of freshness and originality and restores the true utterance to the flute in the midst of the prevailing depravity. The golden rule is what the human voice does the flute can and should do. Haldipur brought back memories of good old days when flute had a stately gait and the demeanor as opposed to the “childish frolics and flippancy” characterizing its playing today.”

The Hindu, 28th Nov. ’97

Peerless Performance…

“As for Nityanand Haldipur, he breathes into his flute the cumulative creative motivation he has had from Smt. Annapurna Devi. He virtually poured his heart into the opening Yaman exploring the potentialities of the raga to the utmost through a series of exciting swar-sangati.”

Indian Express, 24th Oct. ‘91

Melodious flute recital….

“Nityanand commenced his performance with the Raga Yaman. The finesse with which he systematically developed the raga was admirable. His shifting of “sum” on the upper note for a short while brought out a certain freshness.”

Deccan Herald, 6th Nov. ’92

Gimmickry and brilliance…

“The most impressive performance of the evening came from Nityanand Haldipur. The tone of his flute was rounded and appealing. The alaps were placid and intense. Haldipur developed the raga on the lines of the Late Pannalal Ghosh and the tant-ang of Smt. Annapurna Devi.”

The Indian Post, 1st June ‘89

Nityanand’s flute reflects his quiet, dignified personality…

“ In practical terms therefore, Nityanand’s style is a reflection of his dignified and quiet personal behavior and thus his playing, is a sort of fluidity rather than a ‘beat based style’. There is, of course, a division of the beat but on the whole, the music just flows.”

The Asian Age, 2nd September ’94

Its pure music…

“It was indeed gratifying to observe the sedate mannerisms of Nityanand Haldipur. What impressed most was his ability to reflect some of the nuances of his present mentor – Smt. Annapurna Devi.

Pioneer, September 1994


Contact Details


Nityanand Haldipur
401, Palm View,
Sarojini Road,
Santacruz (W),
Mumbai-400054.