Shri Hari Prasad Chaurasia was born in 1938 in Allahabad. He was trained in music under Prof. Rajaram, Pandit Bholanath and Smt. Annapurna Shankar, the disciple and daughter of Ustad Allauddin Khan Saheb of Senia Gharana. Shri Chaurasia has evolved, through incessant research, a new style in flute playing technique which has established him as one of the foremost musicians in the country. A classical musician by temperament, Shri Chaurasia has also made a mark as an outstanding composer and has introduced innovations in contemporary music. He has several discs to his credit and has also composed music for films. For his eminence in the field of music and his contribution to its enrichment, Shri Hari Prasad Cbaurasia receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Hindustani Instrumental Music for 1983.