He accompanied Guruji
on many programmes on AIR. His high point was when he
played along with Guruji at the Haridas Swami Sammelan
with Pandit Nikhil Ghosh on the tabla.
conducted flute classes at Bansuri Vidyapeeth in Bombay
without any fees. For three years after his death, Rasbihari
conducted these classes. Not only this, Rasbihari formed
and conducted a flute orchestra of 12 flutes of different
pitches. “This was Guruji’s personal wish,
which I could fulfill”, he adds.
adds, “Guruji was a man for whom no words can
really describe his greatness, not only as a flautist
but also as an extremely profound human being”.
As an example he cited the case when Guruji played Raga
Pushpachandrika at the AIR Sammelan before a select
audience. After the programme, Shri Arvind Parikh the
Sitarist and a disciple of Khansaheb Vilayat Khan, came
to Guruji, complimented and said, “Babuji,
yeh raga ki gat bahut achchi hai” Guruji
put his hand on Rasbihari’s shoulder and told
him, “ Isne compose kiya hai”.
was the magic of Guruji. Pannababu was an ardent follower
of Ramakrishna Paramhansa. This explains Rasbihari’s
turning towards Yoga, which he has been practicing for
the past 30 years as a student of the Yagoda Satsang
today, lives in Vadodara in Gujarat. At the age of 79
he still plays the flute and tries to continue doing
his riyaaz for about 15 – 20 minutes daily. He
also has a few students learning from him currently
and like his Guruji does not charge any fees.