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Anant Lal

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Instruments  Shehnai, bansuri
Name  Anant Lal

Role  Musician
Died  March 3, 2011
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Occupation(s)  Musician, composer, teacher
Genres  Hindustani classical music
Awards  Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Hindustani Music - Instrumental (Shehnai)
Similar People  Debu Chaudhuri, Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan, Samta Prasad, Anokhelal Mishra, Siddheshwari Devi

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Anant Lal (1927 – 3 March 2011), often referred to by the title Pandit, was an Indian classical musician and teacher who played the shehnai.


Early life and background

Lal was born in Varanasi (or Benares), in the northern Indian province of Uttar Pradesh, in 1927. The oboe-like shehnai had been a musical instrument played in his family for over 200 years, and he initially received tuition from his father, Pandit Mithai Lal, as well as his uncles, from the age of nine. Later, Lal became a student of thumri vocal teacher Pandit Mahadev Prasad Mishra of Varanasi. In addition to the shehnai, Lal played bamboo flute, known as the bansuri. Following the example of master musician Bismillah Khan, he dedicated his musical career to furthering the role of the shehnai in Hindustani classical music, since the instrument had traditionally been reserved for religious ceremonies.


Lal established himself as a staff artist for All India Radio, with whom he served until 1987. Among his works as a performer and recording artist in India, he played with sitar virtuosos Ravi Shankar and Debu Chaudhuri. In 1974, Shankar chose Lal to join his Music Festival from India revue, which was the largest Indian orchestra to perform in Europe up to that time. In addition to recording a studio album in England with Shankar's ensemble, released on George Harrison's Dark Horse Records in 1976, Lal toured Europe with the Music Festival. His fellow performers included leading figures of Indian classical music – among them, Alla Rakha, Lakshmi Shankar, Shivkumar Sharma, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Sultan Khan and L. Subramaniam. As on the Music Festival from India album, Lal's featured spot as a soloist was on the piece "Kajri"; the debut performance, filmed at London's Royal Albert Hall on 23 September 1974, was released on DVD in 2010, as part of the four-disc box set Ravi Shankar–George Harrison, Collaborations.

Lal's own recordings include Splendour in Shehnai, issued in 1990 on the T-Series record label. Also a teacher, in the Benares gharana tradition, his students included modern shehnai players Shanjeev Shankar and Daya Shankar (Lal's son). His grandson, Anand Shankar, also trained under Lal, before dedicating himself to the tabla.

In 1984, Lal received the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Five years later, he was honoured with a national Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the highest recognition afforded artists in India.

Lal died on 3 March 2011, aged 84, from a heart attack. Along with Daya Shankar, his musician sons include shehnai player Ashok Kumar and flautist Vijay Kumar.


Anant Lal Wikipedia

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