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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 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, which 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, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Sameer is an empaneled 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 Brahma 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 and 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.
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