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Rahul Sharma, though born as the son of
illustrious santoor master Pandit Shivkumar
Sharma, did not begin learning the instrument
until he was 13. Instead, he started on harmonium,
only switching to the hundred-stringed box when he
had mastered Hindustani music’s melodic
fundamentals. He imbibed his father’s style and
has since built on it, taking the santoor to new
corners of the world.
After studying economics in Mumbai he decided to
pursue a life of full-time music, practicing
harder and deepening his emotional bond with the
ragas. At age 24 he started accompanying his
father at concerts, and has since toured the world
with him many times. And like the great Pandit, he
has become renowned for breathtaking duets with
tabla master Ustad Zakir Hussain. He has released
over 60 albums, with a roughly even split between
classical and experimental recordings.
Rahul has taken the
santoor into several distinctly modern settings,
working with pianist Richard Clayderman,
psy-chillout pioneers Deep Forest, and smooth
jazz artist Kenny G. He also
collaborated with such musicians as John
McLaughlin, Mickey Hart, George Harrison, Yo Yo
Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira,
Pharoah Sanders, and the Kodo Drummers.
During the Royal visit by the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton, Rahul
Sharma and his wife had played various songs by
The Beatles, including "Norwegian Wood", "O Sweet
Lord" and "Let It Be". In 2019, he and his
father along with Yogesh Samsi had performed at
the Barbican Centre.
Rahul has also, successfully given Music to Hindi
films. In 2002 he was one of the youngest
music directors for whom the nightingale of India
Lata mangeshkar sang all the songs for Yash
chopra's 'Mujhse Dosti karoge' , starring Hritik
Roshan-Kareena kapoor!. He has also taken the
instrument back to its roots, recording with
traditional Kashmiri musicians and exploring Sufi
devotional music, and even turned up on Indian TV
playing flamenco-tinged music in an extravagant
Taj Mahal Tea advert (‘waah Taj!’).
Rahul Sharma was awarded the "Bismillah Khan Yuva
Puruskar" by Kendriya Sangeet Natak Akademi.
He has been conferred with many awards among which
MTV IMMIES best album award for 'Zen'; Best music
director at Bollywood Music awards Newyork for
'Mujhse Dosti Karoge'.
Outside of music he is an advocate for animal
rights, and finds peace from his hectic schedule
by hiking around Maharashtra.
With Aditya Kalyanpur’s trademark blend of
technical brilliance, creative improvisations
and high-octane showmanship, this award-winning
tabla virtuoso’s performances instantly connect
with, and captivate audiences worldwide.
Kalyanpur is noted to be coined as the original
pioneer of recreating the colorful tabla, thus
innovating, “a more colorful expression.”
At the same time, Kalyanpur’s performances
reflect his versatility and keenness to break
through conventional ‘borders.’ Kalyanpur has
uniquely gone on to acquire in-depth knowledge
across various gharanas and schools of playing.
Furthermore, he is in his element when adapting
masterfully to any musical context, be it
complementing a sitar or jazz guitar, and/or
collaborating with artistes across genres, from
jazz to pop, rap to rock!
Hailed by many in the western world as “the
rightful heir to Punjab Gharana,” *Aditya’s
colossal repertoire, and his signature style of
bold execution of syllables and pinpoint-precise
rhythm, are founded in rigorous study and
knowledge. For the child prodigy who could
replicate intricate rhythmic patterns on his
first tabla at the age of 3, there was no going
back. Kalyanpur’s training began from none other
than the legendary late Ustad Allah Rakha.
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