Recipient of 2 National Film Awards (Best Music and Best Background Score) for his debut Kannada feature film Allama, also Ministry of External Affairs Government of India has released a Music C.D. entitled Music as Therapy by Bapu Padmanabha of Harihar, Karnataka State. The Music C.D. has been released in order to acquaint Indian Classical Music to foreign cultural delegates.
It brings us wonder to know that the saga of Bapu Padmanabha who has been raised to the zenith of popularity as a flutist, having received higher training in flute, under the able guidance of Bansuri Samrat Padmavibhushana Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. This extra-ordinary expert born in an ordinary remote place Harihara in Karnataka, as student of Tool Engineering in Hospet when he started practicing flute and moving ahead in the ladder of musical achievement. He began his journey of learning music at the age of 16, having acquaintance of music that he learnt from his grandfather who was a harmonium player.
At the age of 18, Bapu had realised that his vocation lied in music. And accordingly he commenced his learning of music in distant presence of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. His learning like ‘Ekalavya’ of Mahabharata, has been continuous and constant. He began to imitate Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia’s style of presentation. Even though he searched for suitable Guru in Karnataka, it could not be achieved, for his destiny was lying with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.