Guwahati: When hard work and ‘lady luck’ combine, no force of the world is enough to stop one from going viral. Such was the case of Dilip Hira, a 30-year-old flutist from Assam, whose musical talent was recognised by noted singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan during his morning breakfast at Taj Vivanta hotel in Guwahati on January 10.
The Indian singer and composer took no time in recognising the flair Hira had and took to Facebook to share a video. The video has now got 2.4 million views with over 96,000 likes. Captioned ‘Talent undiscovered!!’, the comments section seemed to admit it as well. “I never thought that this video would go viral and I guess the audiences from Assam have accepted my talents for which I am eternally grateful,” added the flutist.
Hailing from Amsoi area of Beltola village, Hira always had his inclination towards music. Much like lord Krishna, even Hira used to play his flute while grazing his cows during his village days. Sitting beside the river and playing his melodies, he had an epiphany to bring his music to the state capital.
However, his journey was not easy as he had to work as a daily wage labourer for Shilpagram when it was being built. Taking Saturdays and Sundays off, he started polishing his skills on the flute.
During his years in the city, Hira got the chance to work with a plethora of acclaimed musicians of the state. This includes Prabhat Sarma, flutist Dipak Sarma, Bihu, and Sattriya dance specialist Ranjit Kumar. Hira is also a recipient of the Best Jury award for North East Got Talent in 2015. He has bagged scholarships and from the ministry of cultural affairs in 2010 and fellowships from Folk Music and Indigenous Act in 2016 and 2017 as well.
“Currently, I am pursuing my degree in Shastriya Sangeet from Luit Konwar Rudra Barua State College of Dance and Music and I am a sixth-semester student,” said Hira. He works as a part-timer in hotel Taj Vivanta where he expresses his joy of bringing a touch of traditional music in the lives of the guests staying there. Additionally, Hira is an expert in Lokgeet and Borgeet as well.
With Mahadevan recognising his talents and with an assurance of keeping in touch for future opportunities, Hira now wants to pursue further diplomas in the field of Shastriya Sangeet outside the state of Assam.