Sharat Chandra Srivastava

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Sharat Chandra Srivastava
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Background information
Born (1971-10-17)17 October 1971
New Delhi
Genres hindustani classical music
Occupation(s) Violinist, composer
Instruments Violin

Sharat Chandra Srivastava is a North Indian classical violinist and music composer. He represents the Senia gharana.

Early life and training[edit]

Srivastava was born in New Delhi on 17 October 1971. He started learning violin at the age of 7 from his grandfather, the renowned North Indian violinist Pt Joi Srivastava.


He has been performing Hindustani classical music for over 25 years.[citation needed] He was part of India's premier rock band Parikrama for 12 years.[1] He left Parikrama in 1999 and started the Delhi based fusion band called Mrigya.[2][3][4] He is also a member of the world music quartet India Alba.[5]

He is a recipient of the National Scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Government of India.[citation needed]

In 1998, he performed with Sting in an all acoustic set at the Channel V awards held at New Delhi.[citation needed] He has also performed with Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pt. Birju Maharaj and many other stalwarts.

As a teacher[edit]

Sharat has taught Indian classical violin at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi from 1999 to 2007. He has conducted masterclasses at the University of Edinburgh, Royal Scotland Academy of Music and Drama, University of Stratclythe, Glasgow, Scotland. Additionally, he has conducted workshops in Winterthur University, Switzerland and Casa de la India, Valladolid, Spain.[citation needed]

Performance in music festivals[edit]

  • Yuva Mahotsava by Sahitya Kala Parishad
  • Little Chilli Festival (London)
  • Singapore Arts Festival
  • Druga Godba Festival
  • Canada National Day (Toronto)
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Dubai Jazz Festival
  • Khajuraho Millennium Festival (India)
  • The Great Arc Festival
  • New Zealand Arts Festival, 2004
  • India Meets Spain, 2006
  • Tansen Sangeet Samaroh, Gwalior, India (2016)[6]

As a composer[edit]

  • Music composer for the documentary Lime Buildings Breathe by Satyen Wanchoo.
  • Music composer for the dance drama Game of Dice by Sadhya[7]
  • Music composer for the dance drama Natraj – the Lord of Dance by Sadhya[8]
  • Music composer for UNDP's Stand Up, Make Noise programme on 18 September 2010 featuring a 100-piece Indian instrumental orchestra][9]
  • Music composer for ICCR website[10]
  • Music composer for the dance drama Maharaas by Lokchhanda[11]
  • Music composer for the television serial 'Ek Tha Rusty' telecast on Doordarshan National
  • Music composer and conductor for the cultural programme of the India Africa Summit 2015[12] held on 29th October 2015 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi

Strings of the World[edit]

Sharat is the festival director of Strings of the World—a world-music festival dedicated to string instruments.[13] It is held in New Delhi in the month of November, starting from 2012, and features award-winning string players from Norway and Scotland[14][15]


Collaborations with other musicians[edit]


Sharat's training under his guru/grandfather, the renowned violinist Pandit Joi Srivastava, has made him proficient in the 'Dhrupad-Ang', a style unique to this Gharana under the Guru-Shishya Parampara.[16]



  1. ^ "Sharat Chandra Srivastava". Band website. Parikrama. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Kanth, Aman (3 August 2012). "'Rock the Raag' with Mrigya!". Zee News. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Music sans boundaries". The Hindu. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Atika Rao (17 May 2004). "On a Musical Quest". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "India Alba". BBC Radio Scotland. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "सुर सम्राट तानसेन की धरती पर फैले विश्व संगीत के राग, श्रोता सुधबुध खो बैठे". Dainik Bhaskar. 18 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Game of Dice". Sadhya website. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Natraj – the Lord of Dance". Sadhya website. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "A musical reminder for a dignified life". The Hindu. 18 September 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Acknowledgements page". ICCR site. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Maharaas". Seher website. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Cultural showcase by Teamwork Arts at India Africa Summit '15". Everything Experiential. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "About Strings of the World". Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Strings of the World". Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Strings of the World Music Festival's merging of Western and Eastern tones a success". Norway Embassy India website. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  16. ^ Tankha, Madhur (18 September 2010). "A musical reminder for a dignified life". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 

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