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Sameer Rao
Artist
India
Influences: India
Genres: indian classical music
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Sameer Rao

Breathing through the Bansuri is the path Sameer opted for himself at the tender age of eleven. Thus the journey began of learning Hindustani classical music playing on the Bansuri under the able and loving guidance of Pandit Veerabhadriah Hiremath, in Mysore. Sameer was fortunate and blessed to have been accepted as a disciple by the world renowned Bansuri wizard, Padma vibhushan Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia and has been under his tutelage since 2002. He was a resident student of Pandit ji, from 2004 to 2010 at the Vrindaban Gurukul, Mumbai that keeps alive to this day the ancient Guru-Shishya Parampara of the traditional Gurukul system.

Sameer was chosen by his Guruji Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia, to look after his newly constructed Gurukul in Bhubaneswar, Orissa from 2010 to 2012. Here Sameer taught aspiring students and also took care of the day to day operational activities.

Sameer is an ‘A’ graded artist by the All India Radio and has performed at many prestigious places in India, China, Switzerland, Germany, France, Australia, Spain, South Korea, Norway, United Kingdom and the United States of America. Sameer is an empanelled artist with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. He was chosen for a scholarship during the year 1997-1998 by the music and dance academy of Karnataka. He was awarded the ‘Yuva Pratibha’ by the Directorate of Kannada and culture, Govt. of Karnataka in 2004. The Sri Guru Ganayogi Panchakshara Sangeeth Yogashram Trust, Chennai gave him the ‘Award of Excellence’ in 2004. In 2006, Nada Bramha Sangeeth Sabha of Mysore, awarded the ‘Nada Kishore’ to Sameer and he was awarded ‘Surmani’ by the Sur Singar Samsad of Mumbai in 2008. Sameer has internationally released Solo & World Music albums to his credit.

Presently, Sameer lives in Mysore. Apart from his busy schedule of performing, he takes out time to teach a few dedicated students of Bansuri in Mysore and also teaches at Vrindaban Gurukul, Bhubaneswar regularly as a visiting faculty.