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One of the country’s most revered flutist maestro and world famous flutist of his time, Pt. Niranjan Prasad breathedhis last at his residence at Lucknow on 31st March’13 at around 7:30 PMat an age of 72 years. The Top-Grade flutist belonged to Varanasi Gharana and was one of the principal disciples of eminent Flute and Shehnai Player, Late Shri Bholanath Prasanna, who was a veteran shehnai maestro of Varanasi Gharana. He is a Guru-Bhai of international flutist Padam Vibhushan Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasiya. He performed at major music festivals and conferences throughout India, America, Australia, Europe and countries like Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Baghdad, Bahrain of Middle East.
He used to feature regularly on Indian national radio and television. He also played flute in films from1964 to 1972 like Guddi, Shor, Dharkan,Premparvat etc. Since 1974 he was also associated with National orchestra A.I.R. New Delhi and retired fromA.I.R. Lucknow in 2001. He worked with Padamvibhushan Sonalman Singh, Madhavi Maudgalya, Padamshri Mayadhar Raut, Roona Laila, Yamni Krishnamurti, Minakshi Shesadhari, Hema Malani, Vaijyanti Mala and has accompanied with maestros like Ustad Ali AkbarKhan, Ustad Ashish Khan, Pandit Chatur Lal, Pandit Rajan Sajan Mishra, Padamvibhushan Girja Deviand Padamvibhushan Pandit Jasraj etc. He also worked withPandit Vinay Bharat Ramsociety,U.P. Sangeet Natak Akademy, Birju Bawra Sangeet Samiti, U.P. Sanskritik Nidhashalaya, Sur Sarang Society of Delhi, PM House inthe time of Late Ex PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi and National Orchestra of India in delhi.He was the founder of Dr. Ambedkar Sangeet Natak Akademy (Lucknow),now rechristined as 'Niranjan Dhara' and Ex-Professor N. R. Sangeet Vidhalaya (Allahabad).