Artist Profiles: Rahul Sharma

Rahul Sharma

Although not formally introduced to the santoor [also known as santur] until 1985, when he was 12 years old, Rahul Sharma had already demonstrated his talent by playing and composing on the harmonium, and on a cheap keyboard that his dad had brought back from Japan.

In Rahul’s apprentice years as a musician, his father, Shiv Kumar Sharma, had accompanied him on tabla, bringing heightened awareness of taal (rhythm cycle) to his playing. By 1996, Rahul was performing “proper concerts” and has since recorded solo and in jugalbandi (duet) concerts with his father.

In September 2000, Rahul Sharma performed a special concert with tabla player Ustad Shafat Ahmed Khan and pakhawaj player / percussionist Pandit Bhawani Shankar in Turin (Italy) under the title Music Of The Himalayas. It was recorded and released by Real World Records.

Discography:

The Golden Heritage (Navras, 1997)
Beyond 100 Strings (Ninaad, 1999)
Sweet Romance (Navras, 1999)
Indian Classical Maestros Vol. 4 Santoor (Virgin Records India, 2001)
Moonlight Magic (Navras, 2001)
Two Generations: Santoor Duet Live (Chhanda Dhara. 2001)
The Confluence – Santoor & Piano, with Richard Clayderman (Virgin Records India, 2002)
Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (Saregama, 2002)
Music Of The Himalayas (Real World Records, 2002)
Zen (Navras, 2002)
Dawn Blues (FreeSpirit Entertainment, 2002)
In Hope For Peace (Rhyme Records, 2003)
Native Signs (Sense World Music, 2004)
Akaash (Sense World Music, 2004)
Time Traveler – The New Age Santoor Journey Beyond Time (Saregama, 2006)
H2O (Music Today, 2006)
Charukeshi Live In San Francisco (Saregama, 2010)
White album (Times Music, 2011)
Deep India (Sony Music, 2013)

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 TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (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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