Raju Rao, a blind musician makes music come alive



Who says dreams can’t come true? Following the adage ‘Pursue your passion no matter what it takes’,  a small time musician Raju Rao seems to have set an example for the ones who fail to have faith in faith. This Bhopal based artist believes nothing can come in the way of  his relation with music.

Despite his visual impairment, he still creates music with as much devotion by placing one hand on the synthesizer and the other on a keyboard.  “I used to waste a lot of time going to and coming from studios. One day my wife said, ‘Don’t worry about the money. Let’s create a studio today.’ After that there was no turning back,” said Rao to a leading daily.  While this musician has a created a home music studio to suit his needs, he never misses marriages or events where he solely gives out an enthralling performance. Apart from being an independent musician, he also accompanies music stars for events and stage performances.

Talking about his childhood, Rao said that he learnt guitar during those days.  When a Priest named Franklin Rodriques invited him to play guitar in a church near Bhopal, he readily agreed and later, settled in the same city in 1998 after his marriage with Pramila.  While he continued playing guitar, he added another feather to his cap by singing ghazal and sufi music after he gained confidence to do it, through a reality show. Not ending at that, he has performed with some renowned artists like Ghulam Ali, Kavita Krishnamurthy and Anuradha Paudwal among others.

“My wife asked why I don’t start writing songs. So I started doing lyrics, too.” The multi talented independent musician also started penning down his thoughts but his blindness was never an obstacle. 

For a man who is on a mission and is out there fulfilling his passion, loosing his ability to see may be a big drawback. But not pondering over his weakness too much, this artist created independent music, without any inhibitions. And like we always say, ‘Music is not created by the mind but felt by the heart

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