USA:30/6/19:Legendary flutist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is the OSA Lifetime Achievement (LTA) Award winner for 2019.
He was the recipient of the highest numbers of votes through the electronic voting.
Coincidentally, PanditJi will Chief Guest for the golden jubilee convention. He will receive the award in-person at the convention. OSA LTA Award process was streamlined this year empowering each and every member to nominate and make the final selection through electronic voting.
Born in Allahabad to a wrestler father, Chaurasia started learning vocal music from his neighbour, Pandit Rajaram, at the age of 15 and later took up the flute under the mentorship of Bholanath Prasanna of Varanasi for the next eight years.
The Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awardee has also worked as a music director for Indian films, besides collaborating with several international musicians.
The award ceremony was followed by a classical flute recital by Pandit Chaurasia.