Famous figure when remembering Santoor or saying ‘Waah Taj' while promoting Taj Mahal tea, Rahul Sharma is the name who has always been there! Get to know the Santoor player better in this brief but exclusive chat.
Here are the excerpts:
Your father Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is surely loved by many, but what has your personal equation been with him?
My father is also my Guru, so naturally it's a special relationship we share. But when we are not playing music we do enjoy dining out, travelling the world for concerts and of course he's still more of a father than Guru.
Barkha Sharma, your designer wife has even danced in your music video. Can we see that happening again? Would you like to see her in that avatar or as your fashion designer? Barkha has been inspiring me in many of my creations, new albums, new ideas and definitely there's a possibility of her dancing to my music in the future. She has time and again proven herself as a creative designer, but what many don't know is that she is an accomplished Mohiniattam dancer and has trained in Kalari, the ancient martial art form of Kerala.
'Share a special relationship with my father'
Did you always want to be a santoor player? If not, what changed your opinion?
I loved composing music, and the sound of the santoor was most pleasing to my ears. I graduated in Economics, but by that time I was already travelling the world simultaneously for concerts. After that there was no looking back. Well, I did have an interest in art, and I still enjoy making caricatures and sketching, maybe I could have been an artist.
Do you think that you want to give music to Bollywood movies now?
I did compose for Hrithik Roshan starrer MUJHSE DOSTI KAROGE for Yash Chopra and that was a wonderful experience; also to see my music topping the charts. But composing for Bollywood now has changed tremendously and I'm happy doing my albums and travelling the world for concerts rather than spending time in a studio meeting the director's vision.
How would you place Rock, Qawali, Rap, Ghazal in the order of your preference?
Rock, Ghazal, Qawali, Rap.
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