Sharma Bandhu

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Sharma Bandhu
Origin Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India
Genres Hindustani classical music
Labels HMV, T-Series, Venus Music, TIPS
Website www.sharmabandhu.com
Members
  • Gopal Sharma
  • Kaushlendra Sharma
  • Reghvendra Sharma
  • Shukdev Sharma

Sharma Bandhu (Sharma Brothers) (Hindi: शर्मा बन्धु) refers to four Indian classical vocalist brothers, who perform bhajan and Hindu devotional music.[1][2][3] They were born in the music family of Pandit Jyoti Prasad and Pandit Munshi Ram to the student of Pandit V. D. Paluskar, founder of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Quartet consists of the Pandit Gopal Sharma, Pandit Shukdev Sharma, Pandit Kaushalendra Sharma and Pandit Raghavendra Sharma.

Sharma brothers have been most famous for singing "Suraj Ki Garmi Se Jalte Hue Tan Ko" for 1974 Best Feature Film on National Integration[4] winning Hindi film Parinay (1974).

Background[edit]

The four brothers were born in Muzaffarnagar town in state of western Uttar Pradesh, India, to Pandit Ramanand, son of Pandit Munshiram, in the family of Hindi-Urdu poet and Sanskrit translator Pandit Jyoti Prasad. Pandit Ramanand was a student of Hindustani musician Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar and a popular singer and exponent of Ramcharitmanas of his time. Pandit Ramanand along with his younger brother Pandit Shiv Kumar sang Tulsidas's Ramcharitmanas, Vinaya Patrika etc. and originated, and were also the exponents of their own style called Shri Ram Darbar Shaily (style) for 60 years.[5]

Performing career[edit]

The four real brothers Pt. Gopal Sharma, Shukdev Sharma, Kaushlendra Sharma and Reghvendra Sharma owe their tremendous popularity to an integrated style of presentation based on a Fine Blend of Indian Classical and Modern Music. The best part of their Bhajan and Ram Katha Singing is the interspersing of it with heart touching commentary. They bring with them the rich tradition of Ram Darbar Music inherited from their father Late Pt. Shri Ramanand Ji Sharma.

Sharma Bandhu have travelled Extensively in and outside India spreading the message of Universal Love through Singing The Works of Great Saint Poets Like Tulsi, Kabir, Soor, Meera and others. They have Performed in United Kingdom, United States of America, South Africa, Singapore, Thailand, Mauritius, Indonesia and Nepal etc. In Nepal they had been Guests of Nepal Royal Family on Several accessions.

Sharma Bandhu have been associated with India's Public broadcaster Doordarshan since 1975 and rank among The most popular artists on Doordarshan and telecast till date.[6] Sharma Brothers are currently living at Ujjain.

Albums[edit]

  • Taruvar Ki Chhaya[7]
  • Bhajan Chalte Rahe
  • Mahashivratri
  • Jaidev - The Composer
  • Bhajan Suman
  • Santo Ke Anubhav
  • Sitaram Bolo Hari Ka Naam
  • Amrit Dhara Raam Naam Ki
  • The Magic Of Bhajans
  • Mere Bhagwan Shri Ramji

Awards[edit]

Sharma Bandhu were Awarded Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for the year 1989 by U. P. Government, in recognisation of their services in the field of Religious Music.

Sharma Bandhu are most known for the Bhajan Jaise Suraj Ki Garmi Se, penned by Indeevar with music from Jaidev[8] for 22nd National Film Award Winning Hindi motion picture Parinay (1974).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mansa Devi board celebrates anniversary". Indian Express. Sep 9, 1999. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  2. ^ "Chords & Notes". The Hindu. Mar 22, 2004. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  3. ^ Raj Kumar (1 January 2003). Essays on Indian Music. Discovery Publishing House. pp. 13–. ISBN 978-81-7141-719-3. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "22nd National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). 
  5. ^ "::Sharma Bandhu::". Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "::Sharma Bandhu::". Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Albums - www.SharmaBandhu.com | official website - Home". Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Parinay (1974) - IMDb". Retrieved 11 August 2013.