Artist Profiles: Navin Sharma

Navin Sharma, born in the Ulhasnagar district of Maharashtra (India), in 1975 to a musical family, started studying the dholak at a young age. His first guru was his father Shyam Rughuram Sharma; through these studies he was introduced to local musicians who were actively composing scores for Bollywood films.

After realizing his desire to study more Indian classical music, his father insisted he learn from tabla maestro Ustad Allarakha, with whom he studied for several years.

Navin has performed with many diverse artists over his career, working with jazz, fusion, pop, rock, ghazal and bhajan ensembles.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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