Born in a family of musicians, flautist Pravin Godkhindi hails from Dharwad, and is the son and disciple of Pandit Venkatesh Godkhindi, an eminent vocalist and Bansuri artiste of the country. He started toying with a small flute at the age of 3 and since then it has been his best companion. With his passion for the Flute blended with hours of rigorous Riyaz under the guidance of his guru, Pravin started exhibiting the glimpses of a genius in the making from an early age. He gave his first public concert at the age of 6 and held the audience spellbound. His quest for deeper knowledge about layakari brought him to his Guru, Vidwan Anoor Ananth Krishna Sharma, a reputed Mridangam artiste.
His father taught him the Bansuri in the Kirana Gharana gayaki, but Pravin has successfully added gatkaari or tantrakari to his style. Sonorous blowing, control over the breath, elaborations of Raga with its aesthetic appeal, extraordinary and skilful rendition of layakari are but a few features of his flute recital. He has been ably balancing both traditional and creative music. Western classical, Jazz and Carnatic classical also have favorably influenced him.
Apart from what he is best at , Pravin has pursued his talent as a composer, vocalist, actor, Tabla artist, and harmonium player. He has provided some lilting melodies to the world of Kannada Sugama Sangeet through his compositions of well-known poets. He has also composed music for Kathak, Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance dramas that have been immensely appreciated the world over. He has also produced a unique raga based serial ‘Raag Ranjini’ on ETV Kannada through which he educated audiences on the elements of Indian Classical Music.
A front-ranker from the beginning, Pravin has completed his B.E (Electrical and Electronics) in first class with Distinction. The numerous titles and awards that have come his way include the Surmani from Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai at the age of 16, the 1st prize at All India Radio’s National level competition at the age of 18 , an “A” grade from Akashvani at the age of 21 and many others. He has also won several awards for his compositions for TV serials and films.
Pravin has been featured in some of the most prestigious music conferences and Sangeet Sammelans of the country like Tansen Sangeet Samaroh, Gwalior, the Salt Lake City Festival, Kolkata, the Kal Ke Kalaakar Sammelan, Mumbai, the Sawai Gandharva Festival, Pune, the Sankat Mochan Festival, Varanasi and numerous others. He has toured USA, Canada, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Muscat, Qatar, Holland, Bangkok, Singapore, Dubai, Argentina and Portugal for his performances.
Following is an excerpt of his performance at ITC SRA, where he was accompanied by Pandit Samar Saha on tabla.