Hitting the high note

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Rahul Sharma
Rahul Sharma

Rahul Sharma loves to multitask

"Repackaging is necessary nowadays," he admits. "Content is the first priority, but sales also matter. If an artiste is saleable and can become an icon, then that's great." And so you have Rahul Sharma, who can not only mesmerise you with his smile, but also grab you and hold you to your seat with the magic he creates on the santoor. "It was never really inevitable for me to become a santoor player," says Rahul. Even then, his interest was primarily in composing new music. "The santoor was always at the back of my mind, but my mother wanted me to go abroad to study, so I learnt economics and music at the same time. In college, I realised that the santoor is an awesome instrument and since I had a guru at home I started playing it seriously." Rahulbegan by giving concerts with his father, Shivkumar Sharma. And Rahul has certainly come far. At an age when most people are still finding their roots, he has already shown enough spark and talent to catch the eye of the best musicians, playing with the likes of Zakir Hussain, Richard Clayderman and John Mclaughlin. Looking to the future, Rahul asserts that he sees the popularity of the santoor growing despite the lack of traditional moorings that other more conventional instruments enjoy. As for himself, Rahul is content pushing the boundaries of his talent with creations such as Maya, The Illusion and Ladakh: In Search of Buddha.RAKESH MEHAR




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