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Rahul Sharma


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Rahul Sharma is the son and musical disciple of santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, from a family steeped in the tradition of Kashmir. He is an Indian classical musician, working in the Hindustani classical music tradition. He plays the santoor, a type of hammered dulcimer whose strings are struck with a pair of light carved wooden mallets. Normally a santoor concert features just one raga, since to play a different raga dozens of strings have to be retuned.

He was born in 1972 in Mumbai. The mountainous region of Kashmir was where Rahul’s musical lineage evolved. His grandfather, Uma Dutt Sharma, was a master of the santoor. The harsh tone of the instrument made it fall out of line with folk music as well as classical music, but Uma Dutt Sharma persisted.

Shivkumar Sharma mastered the instrument by experimenting with various striking positions and tones. As Shivkumar’s status rose in the musical circles of Kashmir, word of his performances grew over borders and continents. Rahul Sharma continued the tradition of the instrument. He was always in love with music, singing and playing the harmonium at an early age. Learning the santoor at age 13, he wasn’t completely sure of pursuing music till he turned 17. After studying economics at Mumbai’s Mithibai College, Rahul Sharma began performing with his father. He started accompanying him in concerts in 1996, at the age of 24.


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  • rockyouthistan

    good,the best india fusion besides Anoushka Shankar i've ever heard

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • folkpoet80

    Remembering her is one of his greatest!

    29 Jan 2011 Reply
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  • rameshhp

    Bokushu (The Master) from his "Zen" album - very haunting as well as catchy.

    14 Nov 2009 Reply
  • 13horsepower

    interesting indian music. ^_^

    15 Feb 2009 Reply
  • aphorist

    "Normally a santoor concert features just one raga, since to play a different raga dozens of strings have to be retuned."... Bring two I say :P

    26 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Hekerui

    Funny, two tracks in the album have really wrong names because it's hard to read them: Walking to Lamayaro Monastery, 50 Lamas in the Gompa - compare yourself:

    21 Sep 2008 Reply
  • rameshhp

    Also try "Gulmarg", "Pari Mahal", and "Kehwa" from his album "Kashmir - Sounds of the Valley". They are brilliant. I like his latest album Antariksh as well... He seems to be very good in so many different genre -- Indian Classical, fusion, jazz, electronica, new age...

    15 Jun 2008 Reply
  • tarunm

    Album: Sweet Romance - Track: "Remembering her" Listen to this number.. Awesome..

    4 Jun 2008 Reply
  • rameshhp

    Definitely a maestro in the making, evolving from one album to another! It is quite an achievement to be well-grounded in Indian classical music and yet be so good in other genre like Fusion, Electronica, Thematic, New Age etc. He has already made a mark as a worthy successor to his legendary father, the pioneer of santoor, maestro Shivkumar Sharma.

    20 Feb 2008 Reply
  • takecake

    Well I just saw Rahul Sharma play an amazing Raga Rageshri as well as a set of Kashmiri folk music that was equally phenomenal so, whether he's recording the traditional stuff or not, he certainly knows how to play it and play it well.

    18 Nov 2007 Reply

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