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Milind Date performing in Siddhi Vinayak Festival Mumbai
|Birth name||Milind Date|
Pune, Maharashtra, India
|Genres||Hindustani classical music, Fusion, world music, pop|
|Occupations||Composer, Producer, Bansuri Player|
|Labels||Polyglobe Music, Mook Sound|
|Associated acts||Fusion Ensemble|
Milind Date (born 28 February) is an Indian flutist and music composer who plays the bansuri. He studied under Hariprasad Chaurasia and is known for his blowing technique and his playing of a variety of musical styles.
Early life and career
At the age of 21, Date started learning flute from Ajit Soman in his hometown Pune. In a year, he was learning from Hariprasad Chaurasia. By the time he was 25, Date had already performed with Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar, Yashwant Deo, Suresh Wadkar, Ghulam Ali, Trilok Gurtu and others. In 1998, Date started a world Music band – "Fusion Ensemble". Date performed over 2000 Indian classical, fusion and world music concerts.
In 2002, Date began to perform extensively in South Korea and gained recognition for his collaborations with musicians like Beik in Young, Lim won Sik, Park je Chun, Mi Yeon, Lim dong Chan, Lee Ki Hwa, Park Chi Um, and others. Date is part of Orientillica - the World Music Ensemble and recorded several albums released in Korea. Milind performed different styles of music such as Indian classical music, Indian folk music, Devotional Music, Jazz, Arabic, Blues, Rock, Fusion or World Music, and Free Music. He experimented with several music and dance forms through his performances and recordings.
Date produced and composed an album called "The Earth Concerto" with musicians from Iran, Iraq, Korea, Israel, Morocco and India. Date produced the mainstream American pop music album "Fantasy" for the New York based singer, Angeli. "Prayer from the Heart", a meditation album, was released by Polyglobe Music Austria. For this album Milind has collaborated with Tanmayo, a Scottish singer and violinist, and Shubhangi, an Indian singer.
In 2010 produced his first ever album of devotional Marathi songs 'Krishna Gaan'. Singers like Suresh Wadkar and Shubhangi Gokhale-Joshi have sung the songs. This album went into private circulations and thousands of copies have been distributed free by many.
At Fusion Ensemble performances, Milind performs with Derek Julien on Guitar, Roger Dragonnette on Bass, Uday Deshpande on Tabla and Sanjay Jack Barde / Sanjeev Pandkar on Drums and percussion.
Date has recently launched his another live production 'Milind Date Experience' and has been touring with it for last two seasons. Already performed more than 100 concerts, this group shall be touring abroad soon. After Fusion Ensemble Date went in Keyboards sound more than the previous Guitar sound for his live performances. A keyboardist, a Tabla player who also plays Khanjira and some oher Indian percussion instruments and another percussionist who plays western and latin percussions is the touring set of total 4 musicians. They have traveled extensively in India in about 500 concerts in last 3 years.
Currently Date is on his round the world tour. After USA now he is performing in South Korea. This is his 11th performance tour to South Korea.
- 'Enchanting Kirwani' Live
- Raag Poorvi - Transcendent Evening
- 'Prayer From The Heart'
- 'Earth Concerto' - with musicians from 6 countries
- 'Fusion Ensemble' - The East West Fusion
- 'Fantasy' - Angeli
- 'Krishna Gaan' Featuring Suresh Wadkar, Shubhangi Gokhale-Joshi
- 'Universe Will Never End' - With Devapath
- 'Aayuta ki Pawan' - With 'Sangeet' - Kim JinMook
- Punyapur ki Sarita - Released in South Korea
- Diamond Sutra - Winner of Critics Choice Award in South Korea