Vijay Raghav Rao
Also known asVijaya Raghava Rao
Born(1925-11-03)3 November 1925
Chennai, India
Died30 November 2011(2011-11-30) (aged 86)
Occupation(s)Flutist, composer, choreographer, musicologist, poet, writer

Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao (Vijaya Raghava Rao) (3 November 1925 – 30 November 2011) was an Indian flutist, composer, choreographer, musicologist, poet and fiction writer.[1]

He was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 1970,[2] and in 1982 the Sangeet Natak Akademi in Creative and Experimental music category, the highest for performing artist conferred by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama.[3]

Personal life

He was born in Madras (now Chennai), India. He was married since 1947 to Smt. Lakshmi V. Rao. They had four children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was an Indian-American, a permanent resident of the United States.


  1. ^ "Vivekini's natural tribute to R-Day". Indian Express. 2 February 1999. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013.
  3. ^ "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees". Sangeet Natak Akademi Official website. Archived from the original on 31 March 2016.