Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao was at the forefront of classical Indian music for six decades. Vijayji was born in India in 1925 and played the bamboo flute since he was a child. He conducted the music for India’s Independence celebration at the Red Fort in Delhi in 1947, and scored the music for many films. He toured and recorded with tabla masters such as Ustad Alla Rakha, Pandit Anindo Chaterjee and Ustad Sabir Khan, and taught the art of bansuri to many students, including G.S. Sachdev, Ronu Majumdar and Bansuri Bliss Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger.