Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is an Indian classical flautist, who plays the bansuri, an Indian bamboo flute, in the Hindustani classical tradition. Considered a rare combination of innovator and traditionalist, he has expanded the expressive possibilities of the bansuri through his masterful blowing technique. Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is also a well-known music composer for Hindi films along with Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, forming a group called Shiv-Hari. He has received several awards like Sangeet Natak Academy in 1984, Konark Samman in 1992, Padma Bhushan in 1992, Yash Bharati Sanman in 1994, Padma Vibhushan in 2000, Hafiz Ali Khan Award in 2000, Dinanath Mangeshkar Award in 2000 and Pune Pandit Award in 2008 and the Padma Vibhushan. Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is universally regarded as the best flute player of Eastern Classical music.