A master of flute and shehnai, Rajendra Prasanna is one of the leading performers in the Banaras Gharana. Born in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, he received his training from a tender age from his grandfather the Late Pandit Gauri Shankar, his father Pandit Raghunath Prasanna, uncle Pandit Bholanath and Pandit Vishnu Prasanna. This resulted in his being invited to the Calcutta music conference in 1968, at the age of eleven!
He family later moved to Delhi where he came under the tutelage of Ustad Hafeez Ahmed Khan and Ustad Sarfaraz Hussain Khan.
A Top Grade artist of All India Radio, Prasanna has created an indelible mark in the field of Indian classical music. Trained under Pandit Mahadev Mishra in lighter forms of classical music, Pandit Rajendra Prasanna has also gained recognition for his rendering of thumri, chaiti, kajri on both bansuri and shehnai.
A recipient of multiple awards and honours including a Grammy Award certificate, Rajendra Prasanna has performed all over India and abroad at various festivals and concerts like ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Edinburgh Festival (UK), WOMAD Festival (Australia), World Music Festival, UNO Headquarters amongst many others.
Following is an excerpt of his performance on the flute at the ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Jodhpur, where he was accompanied by Pandit Samar Saha on tabla.