Vivek Sonar

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Vivek Sonar
Born (1976-06-01) 1 June 1976 (age 45)
Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India
GenresHindustani classical music, film score
Years active1997 – present

Vivek Sonar is an Indian flautist and composer. He is a disciple of flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia.[1]

Early life[edit]

Vivek Sonar was born in Chalisgaon, Jalgaon. He learned basic vocal music from his father and later switched to the bansuri as his instrument.[2]


Sonar started playing the flute as a hobby at the age of 8. He started learning formally at the age of 15. He graduated from Pune University in Commerce in 1996 and started working with the Indian Express. In 1997 he started flute lessons with Hariprasad Chaurasia.[3] He subsequently quit his job to become a musician. He graduated in music from the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharv Mahavidhyalaya.

Sonar founded the first annual music festival, Bansuri Utsav, dedicated to the bansuri.[4] The festival also stages his flute symphony where more than 50 flautists perform compositions created by him.[5] The festival also gives an award to musicians who have contributed to Indian classical music.[6][7][8][9][10]


  1. ^ "Date with bansuri". 4 May 2018.
  2. ^ "About Vivek Sonar". Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Vivek Sonar - Flautist". Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Bansuri Utsav". Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Gurukul Prathishthan's Bansuri Utsav to start in Mumbai". Hindustan Times. 19 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Eighty flautists take to the stage together".
  7. ^ "Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia". Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Kalanubhava Sangeet Mahotsav paid tribute to Pt. Sangameshwar Gurav". 8 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Playing in symphony". 23 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Bhawani Shankar And Vivek Sonar".