Raghunath Seth

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Raghunath Seth
Birth namePandit Raghunath Seth
Gwalior, India
Died(2014-02-15)15 February 2014
Mumbai, India
GenresHindustani classical music
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
LabelsArka Sound
Associated actsSuns of Arqa, Sultan Khan

Pandit Raghunath Seth (1931 – 15 February 2014) was a noted Indian exponent of Hindustani classical music through the medium of Bansuri, or bamboo flute; he was also a noted film score composer. He has received Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1994, given by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama.[1][2]

As an Indian Classical Music Bamboo Flautist, he delighted his audiences and fans across the globe. His flute composition "Music to help you sleep" from the album Nidra has over 5.5 million views on YouTube.

His filmography included songs by stalwarts like Yesudas, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Chithra, Kavita Krishnamurty, Alka Yagnik, Bhupinder, Suresh Wadkar, Hariharan, Udit Narayan and more. "Yeh Paudhay Yeh Pattay", from the film "Ek Baar Phir", has been documented as Anuradha Podwal's first film song.

His private albums included songs by Talat Mehmood, Asha Bhosle, Vani Jairam, Arti Mukherjee, Talat Aziz, Peenaz Masani, Sudha Malhotra, Hari Om Sharan and Sharma Bandhu.

He scored music for around 2000 documentary films and many television serials. Several of them like, 'Ocean to Sky, 'The Last Tiger', 'Mughal Gardens' & 'Death Sentence' were widely recognized for their music scores as well. He also composed songs for the 1988 Malayalam film 'Aaranyakam', directed by Malayalam film director Hariharan, with lyrics by the late Malayalam poet O. N. V. Kurup.

Pandit Raghunath Seth made many breakthroughs in the technique of flute making and playing. He is well known for adding a bamboo key to his bansuri that makes previously impossible phrases, such as the meend (Glissando) between Ma and Pa, easily playable. He also added an 8th hole which allows the player to extend the range of Indian bamboo flute, further into the lower octave.

As a flute guru, he has gifted the world with many fine disciples including: his son Apurva Shrivastava, Steve Gorn, Rao Kyao, Chris Hinze, Clive Bell, Sunil Gupta, Krishna Bhandari, Joshua Geisler, Chetan Joshi, Atul Sharma and Datta Chaughule.[3][4][5]

Early life and training[edit]

Born in Gwalior in 1931, he received his early training from eminent musicologist Dr. S. N. Ratanjankar and principal of Bhatkhande Music Institute (Bhatkande Sangeet Sansthan) in Lucknow. Later at the age of 19 he moved to Mumbai, where he learnt under Pandit Pannalal Ghosh of Maihar gharana.[6]


  1. ^ "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees". Sangeet Natak AkademiOfficial website. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012.
  2. ^ "DEATH OF ANOTHER LEGENDARY MUSICIAN Flutist Raghunath Seth no more". Activeindiatv.com. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  3. ^ Powers, Ann (30 April 2001). "Critic's Notebook; From India, Many Sounds, All Pulling Inward". New York Times.
  4. ^ "Indian Classical Music". New York Times. 27 April 2001. p. 3.
  5. ^ "Expect the World: Masters Of Indian Music". New York Times. Expect the World. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "A name synonymous with the flute". The Hindu. 11 October 2005.

External links[edit]