INDIAN CLASSICAL FLUTE

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BANSURI FLUTE

Eric Fraser is a renowned exponent of a rare Bengal style of North-Indian flute playing, known for its vocal and lyrical qualities. Eric is a senior disciple of a living legend, Pandit Gopal Roy. Having learned in the traditional way, Eric's playing rings with authenticity and pure tone, imbibing the soul of Indian classical music.

A Fulbright senior research scholar for Indian music, Eric has studied and performed with renowned maestros of Indian music including Pandit Krishna Bhatt, Pandit Ramesh Mishra, Steve Gorn and Bollywood composer A.R Rahman at Carnegie Hall, including radio performances (NPR morning edition and WKCR New York).  He has a diverse background playing for Indian classical dance, as well as in projects ranging from Jazz, World, India and more.  Eric is a founding member of the infamous Brooklyn Raga Massive.  Aside from playing Indian classical flute, Eric is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music therapist (MA, MT-BC). 


GHARANA (LINEAGE) - Gayaki Flute Parampara

It is well known that Kolkata is one of the central hubs for North Indian classical music. Kolkata is also home to a uniquely historical flute lineage.
Eric Fraser's guru (teacher), Pandit Gopal Roy

Eric Fraser's guru (teacher), Pandit Gopal Roy

 

 

 

Padmabushan Pannalal Ghosh (1911-1960). The founder of Indian the bansuri flute in Indian classical music. Before his time the bansuri was used in folk music only.

Padmabushan Pannalal Ghosh (1911-1960). The founder of Indian the bansuri flute in Indian classical music. Before his time the bansuri was used in folk music only.

Eric with Steve Gorn in concert. Steve Gorn learned directly from Pandit Gour Goswami in the 1970's.

Eric with Steve Gorn in concert. Steve Gorn learned directly from Pandit Gour Goswami in the 1970's.

Pandit Gour Goswami (1922-1976)- guru of my guru (Pandit Gopal Roy).  Gour Goswami was a disciple of Pannalal Ghosh

Pandit Gour Goswami (1922-1976)- guru of my guru (Pandit Gopal Roy).  Gour Goswami was a disciple of Pannalal Ghosh

Eric with Pandit Gopal Roy, West Bengal 2013

Eric with Pandit Gopal Roy, West Bengal 2013

The Bengal flute lineage, or "Gayaki Flute Parampara", whose founder was the legendary Pannalal Ghosh, is purely from the Maihar Gharana in it's origins.  This lineage has a distinctive sound that is rarely heard today, a style of flute playing that incorporates Indian classical Dhrupad (in alap, meend, gamak) as well as modern gayaki-ang and instrumental approaches. The rich confluence of traditional approaches in our lineage has evolved as a unique sound that holds the pure treatment of North-Indian Raga at it's core. The skills and techniques are meant to show the beauty of the raga, and not only as a display of virtuosity. This approach yields the "bhav" or nectar of the raga, imparting the mood of the raga and delivering it's effect on the mind and body.

As Indian classical music is an oral tradition that can only be transmitted in person from gurus to disciples, it is important to mention the sources of taleem (oral teaching) that have converged in our gharana (lineage). The legendary founder of the bansuri in classical Indian music, Pannalal Ghosh, was a disciple of Ustad Allaudin Khan, the founder of the Maihar Gharana. Pandit Gour Goswami was a disciple of Pannalal Ghosh, and he became the guru of my guru, Pandit Gopal Roy, and Steve Gorn.

My guru, Pandit Gopal Roy, is also a disciple of the late Pt. Srikant Bakre, who was a leading disciple of the legendary Ustad Amir Khan.


INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE

Accompanying Kathak dance at Symphony Space, NY in 2012.

Accompanying Kathak dance at Symphony Space, NY in 2012.

Eric often accompanies Indian classical dance programs. He has experience accompanying Kathak, Odissi, and Bharat Natyam traditional Indian dance programs. Available for Arangatam ceremonies for young graduates of classical dance training.

Accompanying Delhi Dance Theatre at AIIC "Erasing Borders Festival of Dance", NYC, August 2014

Accompanying Delhi Dance Theatre at AIIC "Erasing Borders Festival of Dance", NYC, August 2014