A visionary musician – Milind Date
Spectacular Bansuri player, Milind Date is a renowned musician who has grasped the essence of Indian culture through his art. Known as the ‘Virtuoso’ and a ‘Stage King’ for his immaculate Bansuri- the Indian bamboo flute, Milind is one of the senior-most disciples of world-famous Bansuri legend – Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. An innovator and a traditionalist, he has over 3,500 performances to his credit and a vast experience of performing on various stages for varied size of audience apart from composing music for many films and documentaries including the highly sensational film, ‘Among The Believers’.
He has been nominated for several awards, of which the most prominent ones are the EMMYs and GiMA. He is a recipient of prestigious Femina Most Powerful Award 2019-2020. Milind also is a recipient of the important award Economic Times Gen Next Award 2020. A disciple of Pt. Ajit Soman, Milind has since 1989 been under the tutelage of legendary Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia.
Milind is credited for creating more than 12 new raags, and many of his compositions are highly popular amongst his fans. He has collaborated over 150 top musicians from different parts of the world.
Although Milind’s main study is in Indian Classical and Folk Music, he also has studied Devotional Music, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Fusion-World Music and experimented with several music and dance forms. The versatile composer has performed for Russian President Hon. Vladimir Putin and on another occasion for the Indian President Bharat Ratna Hon. Pranab Mukharjee. Milind has also had the opportunity to perform for many Governors of states of India, Chief Ministers and ministers from different states in India and some other countries as well.
– Economic Times [Abridged]