Rishab Prasanna Bansuri player & Composer

The  sound of bansuri

Made of bamboo and wood, enchanting instruments, the bansuri flute and the shehnai oboe are steeped in a complex history of India and Persia, temple and court, Gods and Men. 

The journey in music of Rishab Prasanna and his ancestors reflect the richness of this story since many generations.

Rishab Prasanna belongs to a family of musicians from Varanasi, the city of light next to the Ganges. His grandfather, Pandit Raghunath Prasanna, is featured in the famous anthology of Indian classical music published by UNESCO, recorded by Alain Daniélou in the 1950s. His father, Pandit Rajendra Prasanna, is today the great representative of this tradition a musical imbibed from the regional repertoire of the Ganges valley, inspired by the Khyal and Thumri vocal tradition, and nourished by the technical improvements that brought the bansuri flute to the forefront of the world stage. Rishab embodies this rich legacy, transmitted from an early age by his uncles Ravi Shankar Prasanna and Rakesh Prasanna, then perfected with his father. He now masters the art of raga with exceptional finesse, as well as different genres of northern India (chaiti, kajri, dhun, thumri).

For the past ten years, Rishab has been spending part of the year in Europe, where he has participated in many musical projects on the fringes of Indian music with artists from different backgrounds: Swedish traditional music with Matthias Pérez (East), jazz oriental with Issa Murad (Joussour), experimental music with the collective Drifting Orchestra, slam and rap Marc Nammour (99), contemporary creation with Thierry Pécou and his ensemble Variances (Sangâta), flamenco with Pedro Soler, ancient music with Ensemble Diabolus in Musica or the Milap project which is a creation resulting from his meeting with the percussionist Davy Sur.


Rishab has already performed all over the world, notably at the Sydney Opera House,  WOMAD festival (Australia and New Zealand), at the Darbar Festival (United Kingdom), Festival de l'Imaginaire (France), Opera House Lyon (France), Festival of Indo- Japan with Prime minister of both countries in 2006, Fukuoka festival (Japan) and played Solo as well with his father Pt. Rajendra Prasanna regarly on the biggest stages in India such as Doverlane Kolkata, Saptak Festival, Tansen Samaroh.

 He regularly performs in France (including Detours de Babel festival, Les Allées Chantent, Musiques et Patrimoines, Rouen City Theater, Théâtre National de Strasbourg) including special concert of 75th anniversary of UNESCO in Paris.


Appreciated also for his pedagogy he organizes workshops of practice in France and teaches musicians of varied formations; he has conducted master classes for the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Mauritius, the DROM association in Brittany, the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva, the Conservatoire de Chaville, and regularly collaborates in educational activities with ethnomusiKa and Kalasetu associations.


In October 2016 he was named "Ambassador of the City of Toulouse" by the Mayor of the city, alongside French personalities to represent Toulouse in the world.

For some years he has been working for French cinema, including “Le sens de la fete” directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache and also in “Monsieur” directed by Rohena Gera).