his initial training in music under the watchful tutelage of Pandit
Subhash Roy, a senior disciple of Pandit Bhola Nath ji. Simultaneously,
Sunil received guidance regarding the concept of Ragas from Sarod Maestro
Thakur Shamsher Singh, and Pandit Dau ji Goswami. He also obtained Sangeet
Nipun from Bhatkhande Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Lucknow, under the
able guidance of Prof. Gopal Chandra Nandi, Late Prof. Prem Singh Kinot
and Pandit Ganesh Prasad Mishra. Along with his musical studies, Sunil
graduated from Lucknow University. Here, it would be pertinent to make
a mention of a few of the awards won by Sunil; viz: First Prize winner
at the U.P.Sangeet Natak Academy in 1981; First Prize at Akashvani (A.I.R.)
competition in 1982; the Surmani title awarded by Sur Singar
Samsad Mumbai in 1989. Sunil has received a Grammy Award certificate
as a participant for the award winning Concert for George
performed at Royal Albert Hall, London in 2002 under Bharat Ratna Pt.
Ravi Shankar ji.
Sunil received valuable guidance from flute maestro Pandit Raghunath
Seth for several years, a disciple of legendary & incomparable Pandit
Pannalal Ghosh. At present, since 1991 he is undergoing advanced training
under Sangeetacharya Dr. S.C.R.Bhat in Mumbai & also from Pandit
Today, Sunil is an A Grade flautist on Akashvani
& Doordarshan. He has participated in various music conferences
all over India. He has also participated in the Festival of India
at Russia in 1996 with his Guru Pandit Raghunath Seth. In India he has
performed in prestigious concerts like Bhatkhande Jayanti, Lucknow;
Sharad Utsav, Jaipur; twice at ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Calcutta; Swami
Haridas Sangeet Samaroh, Mumbai; Sur Sagar, Bangalore; Horizon for ICCR
Lucknow & Pandit Kumar Gandharva Amrit Mahotsav, Devas. As a crown
to all these programmes Sunil had an opportunity to represent India
for the Indo-British Programme (Common Wealth in India 50 Years celebration.)
in a jugalbandi with British flautist Brain Finnegan, in 1999 at the
NCPA Mumbai. All India Radio featured Sunil in the National Programme
of music several times.
Regarding his performance, it has to be noted that he gives due
weightage to both to the Gayaki & Gat-kari
in his rendering. With his innovative talent, Sunil has made an extra
large flute, which has enabled him to elaborate a Raga in the lower
octave (Mandra Saptak) with great ease, as obtained in vocal music.
He also made a folding flute in bamboo that is more convenient to carry
Not satisfied with so many achievement to his credit, Sunil has
set his sights on one highly cherished goal, that of becoming the top
most flautist of the land.