- Mesmerized students through fluting and describing various “Raagas”
- Rao is devoted disciple of world-wide famous Pandit Hari Parsad Chaurasia
Celebrated flautist Sameer Rao reached LPU campus today and mesmerized Lovely Professional University students through his wonder-struck harmonies inside the densely packed Shrimati Shantidevi Mittal auditorium of the university. Devoted disciple of world-wide famous Pandit Hari Parsad Chaurasia and first grade flautist of All India Radio (AIR), Rao has been honoured with many national and international honours for his artistry. Rao was accompanied by famous Tabla player Adarsh Shinoy and great musician Lakshmi Raga Rao. When the trio reached LPU Campus, LPU Pro Chancellor Mrs Rashmi Mittal greeted them. Rao made students enjoy many ‘Raag’ on flute including evening Raag Madhuvanti, Marva, Miyan Kee Malhar, Durgaa, Mishr in the best company of rhythmic pats (thaaps) on Tabla and pulls at Sitar. Through these Raags Rao let students understand different low, high, delicate and medium types of sounds oozing out of a flute.
Interacting with LPU students, Rao asked students to “keep on practicing hard on your subjects as we do “Riyaaz” in music, and also follow the great Indian tradition of “Guru (teacher) and Shishy (Pupil) to be successful in life.” In this regard, he shared his experiences as disciple of Pandit Chaurasia Jee. He also told students about classical, fusion, solo music and Jugal-bandi. He also informed that flute is a natural musical instrument and it needs no tuning as other instruments need. A flute oozes out natural emotions in this or that way. He shared: “Music is my love, my life, passion and my profession also. It is a simple language through which I express all those things which I can never express in words even.”
When an LPU student from the program of Performing Arts, Shivangi asked Rao about devotion of foreigners towards classical music, Rao expressed the differences between the two types of music. For him, Indian classical music has freeness to express emotions whereas western music is pre-determined and are restricted in expressing the feelings. He equated that yet both types are akin to each other and are just like Indian sweets, it is “Rosogula” for someone and for other “Gulab Jamun”. However, foreign students have great attraction for Indian music and they come to India to learn it.
Sameer Rao was fond of music from his childhood so he had started learning great lessons in music since then. No doubt he remains always busy, yet he endeavours to free himself to teach to his students. He has also made marvelous presentations along with renowned international musicians of America, the UK, Norway, Australia, South Korea and many other countries.