Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao
November 3, 1925 - November 29, 2011
Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao was at the forefront of classical Indian music for six decades. Vijayji was born in Chennai (Madras), India in 1925 and played the bamboo flute since he was a child. He originally divided his time between classical dance and Carnatic (South Indian) music. However, upon meeting his guru (the illustrious Pandit Ravi Shankar, master of the sitar, with whom he studied and collaborated for 30 years) in 1945, he switched his focus solely to Hindustani Sangeet, the beautiful classical music of northern India. In the six decades since then, Vijayji toured internationally, composed and conducted orchestras, and spent decades as chair of All India Radio's Film Division. 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. Vijayji conceived a number of new ragas and wrote thousands of compositions of traditional ragas. He also wrote several books of poetry, and has been the focus of several documentaries.
I attribute the vast majority of my musical knowledge to my guru, Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao, with whom I took private lessons from 1999 through 2008. Vijayji is no longer with us, but his spirit and teachings live on in the 200 pages of compositions he taught me and the numerous hours of recordings of our lessons, which continue to give me inspiration and insight.
I have done my best to pass on as much of this knowledge as possible via my private bansuri lessons, group bansuri lessons; books; YouTube Channel; this website and the Bansuri Bliss Membership Site.
Namaste! I am the Founder & President of Bansuri Bliss and have been studying, recording, performing and teaching bansuri since 1996. I spent ten enjoyable years learning the intricacies of raga and bansuri from the legendary flute player Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao. I have also studied tabla Hindustani vocal music, as well as guitar and western music. I regularly perform around the world, and you may hear the sounds of my bamboo flute on a beach at sunset or filling the air of a mountain valley.
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