Rahul Sharma (Santoor)
Aditya Kalyanpur (Tabla)

Saturday September 09 2023, 7:00 PM

Lorenz Auditorium, Fine Arts Building
Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN

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About the Artists

Rahul Sharma

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 are

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.

Aditya Kalyanpur
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.
About the Venue:
Normandale College is located at : 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431

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This concert has been made possible, in part, by voters of Minnesota through grants from The Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  IMSOM's concert series are made possible, in part, by the UHG "United for Giving" program , matching grants from Honeywell, US Bank, 3M, Wells Fargo and Winnebago, generous donations from late Dr V Premanand & Family, generosity of IMSOM's members and donors. Media partners for all IMSOM events are KFAI Radio (90.3 FM/106.7 FM) and

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