Chhattisgarh, India: Rajesh Kumar Parasramani, a Sindhi Sarangi player of India, has achieved the World Record as the Fastest Sarangi Player, and his name has been included in International Book of Records.
“The World Record of “Fasted Sarangi Player (Blind Artist) is achieved by Rajesh Kumar Parasramani on 11th February 2021 from Balod (Chhattisgarh) India. He played musical instrument Sarangi at the speed of 400BPM (beats per minute) and made a new world record for International Book of Records,” says an announcement by the International Book of Records. (Also watch the video by clicking on the link)
Rajesh Parasramani, whose ancestors belonged to Sehwan, Sindh, has recently designed and developed his own Sindhi Sarangi and named it as ‘Parasramani Sarang’ after his surname.
Rajesh, a bank officer, has no eye-sight but a vision to strive and promote Sindh Sarangi – a Sufi musical instrument.
Rajesh is a perfect example of the saying that ‘eyes are useless when mind is blind’. He is combination of several qualities – two of them are hard-working and the talent. Despite being completely blind from left eye and having a very little vision in right eye, Rajesh had been making strides for overcoming his disability, for the love of art.
He is officer at State Bank of India but spends most of his time, before and after the official duty, playing Sarangi. “I spend at least two hours in Riyaz early in the morning, and four to six hours after the office time,” he had told in an interview to Sindh Courier.
“Where will a blind person go after his work, hence I spend my time perfecting my skills,” he had said.
Rajesh cannot see with eyes but his vision, thinking and language is very clear and has earnest desire to keep going on a path he has chosen – studying and learning. He did B. Pharmacy in 2009 and was appointed as Lecturer at a college. He was very young at that time and looked student rather a teacher. Later he joined the bank job. Currently he is doing Masters in Hindi literature and intends to do Ph.D.
Certain people said it’s of no use to study further, but he firmly believes in acquiring knowledge. “I want to complete my journey. It’s not for financial benefits,” he said adding, “One must keep on learning something”.
Rajesh, who also writes poetry in Hindi language, was fond of music since childhood. “I loved flutes since childhood. I owned flutes that kids use and I have a large collection of flutes of various scales at home.”
Talking about Sarangi, Rajesh told that it’s a very rare musical instrument now-a-days, and even the tuition is not available. “Previously, I got prepared the Sarangi from Punjab and the strings and other required things from Kolkata,” he had told.
“Since there is nobody to play Sindhi Sarangi here, I chose to learn it from Laloo Khan of Jaisalmer,” Rajesh told adding that he teaches him sarangi online.
About the difference between Sindhi Sarangi and other kinds of Sarangis, Rajesh said, ”The strings in Sarangis are same – be it a Nepali Sarangi, Sindhi Sarangi or any other, their tunes are different. The Sindhi Sarangi has Sufi (Mystic) tunes. And since I am a Sindhi, I want to promote Sindhi Sufi Sarangi.”
Rajesh has also learnt Indian classical music from Gawaliar Gharana.
When asked, if he feels he could have achieved great heights if he had been free of his obstacle of disability, Rajesh replied confidently, “Every achievement is God’s grace. I am what I am today just because of the blindness. If I would have had perfect vision there were chances that my focus would have been diverted.”
Rajesh, who has performed and presented his talent in a number of stage shows, and won the prizes, wants to continue learning different Raags. “I don’t want to touch the heights. I would like to remain at intermediate level, as at this level there is always a space to learn more.”