Pravin Godkhindi – Proficient in Many a Pursuit

What about Pravin at school, at college?

A top ranker from the begining, he is a BE (Electrical & Electronics Eng’g) (first class with distinction).

Surely an inspiring role-model for the youth!


His father taught him bansuri in the Kirana Gharana Gayaki style (Playing the flute following the ragas as the vocalist sings). But Pravin successfully learnt the Gatkaari or Tantrakaari style (playing the flute in the instrumental style) by his own efforts. He is adept in both these styles. Sonorous blowing, control over breath, elaborations of a raga with its aesthetic appeal, extraordinary and skillful rendition of layakaari are but a few salient features of his flute recitals. He has been ably balancing traditional and creative music. Western classical, jazz and Carnatic classical music also have favourably influenced him.

His quest for deeper knowledge about Layakaari took him to Vidwan Anoor Ananth Krishna Sharma, a reputed mridangam artist, who is providing able guidance to Pravin in the deeper aspects of laya and layakaari.

His quest for deeper knowledge about Layakaari took him to Vidwan Anoor Ananth Krishna Sharma, a reputed mridangam artist, who is providing able guidance to Pravin in the deeper aspects of laya and layakaari.

Greatly influenced by Pt. Hariprasad Chourasia, Pravin has incorporated some of the techniques of Panditji’s baaj (style) to take his music to a higher plane.


Apart from what he is best at – bansuri – Pravin is a tabla artist, a harmonium player and an actor. Pravin is also an excellent composer, music arranger and a vocalist as well. He has created some lilting melodies in the world of Sugama Sangeet through his compositions of some works of well-known poets like Da Ra Bendre, Kuvempu, Narsimha Swami, etc. His latest hit is the title song of the tele-serial Garva for which he has composed the music and lent his voice too.

Recently he has started Sanjog Bansuri Mahavidyalaya – a school where he and his father teach bansuri, vocal music and tabla.


His acute taste for layakaari was evident even in his first concert. From then on there has been no looking back. He has performed all over India and also in the USA, Canada, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Portugal.


Pravin has formed a fusion band called Krishna which combines elements of Hindustani, Carnatic, and Western music. The band is very popular in the concert circuit because of its uniqueness in content and presentation. Pravin has also worked independently with contemporary fusion maestros like the great jazz pianist Louis Banks and the all-time great drummer and percussionist Shivamani. He has also performed with the reputed jazz band Silk involving Shankar Mahadevan, Shivamani and Louis Banks.


He has a number of albums to his credit. The most popular one, Raag Rang, is a jugalbandi cum fusion album with the star saxophone player of India, Pt. Kadri Gopalnath. It is one of the best-selling albums. Some of his other albums are Krishna, Moments of Melody, Mangaldhwani, Mystic Melodies, Yatra, Echoes of the Valley (with Pt. Hariprasad Chourasia), Sur Sagar (Vols. 1, 2 & 3), Orient is Alive, Enchanting Divine, The Feather Dances, Bamboo Magic, A Festival of Joy, Raagini and Madhuradhwani.

One of the most sought after flautists and composers today, Pravin Godkhindi has carved a niche for himself in the world of music.

Pravin Godkhindi

1126, 1st ‘G’ Main
Girinagar II Phase
Bangalore – 560085. India
Ph: 080 – 26420056, 26420559
Mobile: 98450 94909