Rahul Sharma (musician)

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Rahul Sharma
Rahul Sharma 2007 - still 17606 crop.jpg
Background information
Born (1972-09-25) 25 September 1972 (age 42)
Mumbai, Maharashtra
Genres Indian classical music
Instruments Santoor
Years active 1996–present
Website rahulsantoor.com

Rahul Sharma (born 25 September 1972) is an Indian classical musician of Hindustani classical music. He plays santoor and is also a vocalist.

Early life[edit]

Rahul Sharma was born in Mumbai to the Dogra Brahman family of santoor player Shivkumar Sharma[1] and Manorama, from a family steeped in the tradition of Kashmir. His grandfather, Uma Dutt Sharma,[2][3] was a master of the santoor.

Sharma in Pune "2012"


Rahul started playing the harmonium at an early age. Learning the santoor at age 13, he wasn't completely sure of pursuing music until 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.

Rahul has performed in North America and throughout Europe, and at various folk and world music festivals, including WOMAD.

He has released several CDs, some solo and some with his father. He has collaborated with international musicians such as pianist Richard Clayderman and keyboardist Kersi Lord. The Confluence (2002) has mostly Indian titles, six of which were composed by Rahul Sharma himself. He provided the music for the Hindi feature film Mujhse Dosti Karoge, for which he received the award in the 'Best Debut-Music Director' category at the 2002 Zee Bollywood Music Awards. His last album Time Traveler which has been described as New-Age was released on March 10, 2006.

He collaborates with Zakir Hussain[citation needed].


  1. ^ http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/thscrip/print.pl?file=2004021100420100.htm&date=2004/02/11/&prd=mp&[dead link]
  2. ^ Rodericks, Lionel (10 November 2008). "Stepping into father's shoes". The Times of India. 
  3. ^ Gilbert, Andrew (16 November 2007). "Masters of the East come West". Boston Globe. 

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