Rahul Sharma (musician)

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Rahul Sharma
Rahul Sharma Santoor.jpg
Rahul Sharma in First Santoor Samaroh (Santoor Concert) at Bharat Bhavan Bhopal July 2016
Background information
Born (1972-09-25) 25 September 1972 (age 44)
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 family of santoor player Shivkumar Sharma and Manorama, from a family steeped in the tradition of Jammu and Kashmir. His grandfather, Uma Dutt Sharma,[1][2] was a master of the santoor. Married to his sweetheart Barkha in 2009. The couple have a son named Abhinav born on 17 June 2014.

Sharma in Pune "2012"


He was named Rahul after musician Rahul Dev Burman by his father, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma.

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 sharma plays the 100 stringed Kashmiri santoor. Having learnt from his father and Guru Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Rahul has taken the santoor into world music with various collaborations. Having done around 60 albums, in various genres some of Rahul's important collaborations are Namaste India, Rahul sharma and Grammy Award-winning American saxophonist KennyG.

Rahul and KennyG's album reached #2 on Billboard world charts and #4 on Board Smooth jazz charts.

Rahul also collaborated with Grammy-winning electronica group Deep Forest, founded by Eric Miquet on 10 tracks which combined Indian folk and santoor with electronica.

Rahul has also experimented by taking the santoor into the rock genre with his album The Rebel

Rahul Sharma has been awarded The Sangeet Natak Academi award (Bismillah khan yuva puruskar) for Hindustani instrumental music.

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 10 March 2006.

He also collaborated with Zakir Hussain.[citation needed]

Taj Mahal Tea signed Rahul Sharma as their new Brand Ambassador.

Awards and accolades[edit]



  1. ^ Rodericks, Lionel (10 November 2008). "Stepping into father's shoes". The Times of India. 
  2. ^ Gilbert, Andrew (16 November 2007). "Masters of the East come West". Boston Globe. 

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