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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, Questz World, Neelam Audio, Ragaworld.Com|
|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 Date was 25, he 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 has performed over 3000 Indian classical, fusion and world music concerts.
In 2002, Milind Date began to perform extensively in South Korea and gained recognition for his collaborations with musicians like maestro Kim De Hwan, Beik in Young, Park Chang Soo, Chang Jae Hyo, Mutdance – Kim Young Hee, Jin Bora, Roh Young Sim, 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 Date has 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 has experimented with several music and dance forms through his performances and recordings.
Date says he got the inspiration from the spiritual master Osho to create and compose music which has wider appeal all across the globe. Date has been visiting the Osho Commune International at Pune since 1988 and there he got opportunity to work with many renowned musicians from many different countries.
Date produced and composed an album called "The Earth Concerto" with musicians from Iran, Iraq, Korea, Israel, Morocco and India. This album won several awards in South Korea. Date co-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, Milind 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 tens of thousands of copies have been distributed free by many.
Milind date has recently launched his another live production 'Milind Date Experience' and has been touring with it for last five 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, Subhash Deshpande playing Keyboards and Abhay Ingale playing various percussions, Dholak Octapad and Djembe. They have traveled extensively in India in about 300 concerts in last 5 years.
In April 2013 Date travelled to USA for the first time. He performed there several 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.
Date recently composed music for the film Among the Believers directed by Emmy Award winner Hemal Trivedi. This filmed was released in Tribeca Film Festival. Date also has composed for a film Flying On One Engine in 2008 directed by Joshua Z Weinstein.
On the auspicious day of Gudhi Padwa of 2015, Milind's Indian Classical music album 'Milder Milind' was launched by the Kolkata-based 'Qustz World' music label. Milind has played Raag Naagmani, Raag Madhuvanti, Raag Gorakh Kalyan And Bhatiyal Dhun in this album.
USA based record label Neelam Audio Video released yet another of Date's Indian Classical Album Sunand Sarang on the auspicious day of Krishna Janmashtami in 2015. Date has played a new Raga composed by him - Sunand Sarang. This is a variation of the raag Madhymaadi Sarang.
Date released two albums with Manish Vyas a singer and composer. These were released by New Earth Records and Malimba Records. These are that of Meditation Relaxation genre.
Date toured South Korea 12th time in 2015. The tour was a part of his 'East Winds Tour' of Malaysia and Thailand as well as the One Month Festival curated by famous pianist Park Chang Soo.
Milder Milind an album of Date is nominated for Global Indian Music Academy Awards (GiMA) awards in India. GiMA awards colloquially are called as Grammys of India.
Date is currently working on 3 of his albums which shall be released in 2016.
In March 2017 Date announced his new project Art Meets Art. This is going to be monthly series of performances where Date shall be inviting different art forms like Painting, Music, Ikebana, Origami, Story Telling and many other such to converse with each other. Date's idea is that such Cross Art form performances are very rare to be seen and he plans to organise such concerts once per month. 
Date has been credited with the creation of several new ragas. Most of these are not just a combination of two other already existing raags, but they have special structure. By applying very specific rules, Date has created these Ragas which bear the mark of his style on them. One can find a certain similarity in the Ragas created by Date.
Here is a small list of notable Ragas Date has created -
- Zim Kalyan
- Sunand Sarang
- Hari Ranjani
- Hussaini Bhairav
Neelam Records of USA has released an album of Raga Sunand Sarang in 2015.
- Healing Ragas III - Marimba Records (with Manish Vyas)
- Atma Bhakti - New Earth Records (With Manish Vyas)
- Sunand Sarang - Neelam Audio
- Milder Milind - Questz World [Nominated for GiMA Awards 2016
- Enchanting Kirwani - Live in Concert
- 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 - Mook Sound - South Korea
- Diamond Sutra - Mook Sound -Winner of Critics Choice Award in South Korea