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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|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, Producer, Bansuri Player|
|Labels||Polyglobe Music, Mook Sound|
|Associated acts||Fusion Ensemble, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Trilok Gurtu|
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"; Now defunct. 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 Date produced his debut 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.
Date has recently launched his another live production 'Milind Date Experience' and has been touring with it for last three years. Already performed more than 500 concerts, this group shall be touring abroad soon. After Fusion Ensemble Date has gone in Keyboards oriented sound more than the previous Guitar oriented sound for his live performances. Now Date is touring with a steady line up of Charudatta Phadake playing Tabla - Kanjira, Leo Mathew playing Keyboards and Abhay Ingale playing various percussions, Dholak Octapad and Djembe. They have traveled extensively in India in about 500 concerts in last 3 years.
In April 2013 Date travelled to USA for the first time. He performed there many concerts, mostly that of Indian Classical Music. From there Date went on with his first ever around the world tour named as "World is Round 2013" tour. He completed this tour in October 2013. As a part of this tour Date performed extensively in South Korea after a gap of 6 years. This was his 11th performance tour to South Korea.
Currently Date is back in India and is busy performing as well as working on his forthcoming 2 albums. He recently performed for an event in Delhi where Honorable President of India was gracing the occasion. In this performance he created a new Woodwind Ensemble. Following wind instruments from India were part of the ensemble Shehnai, Nadaswaram, Venu, Algoza, Pungi, Sundari and Bansuri. This performance was very well appreciated and received by the audience.
- '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