We present the highly acclaimed Santoor maestro Rahul Sharma with the Tabla prodigy Aditya Kalyanpur! This concert is jointly presented with the Tagore Society of Houston, and features two of the brightest young stars of classical music today in India.
Rahul Sharma was taught the santoor by his father and Guru Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, who is a music legend in India and throughout the world. Today, Sharma performs worldwide, whether it’s the World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) or Edinburgh Festivals, or performing at The Esplanade in Singapore or the Royal Festival hall in London.
Rahul Sharma has carved a niche for himself in the world of Indian classical and world fusion music, with more than 60 released albums spanning a career of 15 years. This young artist has experimented with his music and taken the 100-stringed santoor into various genres, from classical to new age and world fusion/electronica. Sharma’s new age album called Zen received the best instrumental album awarded by MTV IMMIES India. In 2002 Sharma was the first Indian musician to record with the French pianist Richard Clayderman and composed two albums with Clayderman called Confluence. Some of Sharma’s recent work includes his live recording with the tabla percussion wizard Zakir Hussain.
Aditya Kalyanpur (a.k.a. “AK”) is a tabla (Indian hand-drums) maestro who has worked with some of the most legendary individuals in the music industry. His playing can be heard on Katy Perry’s “Legendary Lovers” from her multi-platinum album “Prism,” he’s recorded with The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, and he’s performed with Oscar- and GRAMMY-winning composer A.R. Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire). A child prodigy, Aditya studied tabla under the aegis of the late, legendary Ustad Allah Rakha, famous for his collaboration with Indian global icon, Pandit Ravi Shankar, and his son, two-time GRAMMY-winner Ustad Zakir Hussain.
AK received his diploma in Music from the University of Mumbai with an unprecedented ‘A’ grade. And in 1999 received his Bachelor of Commerce from Mumbia’s Mithibai College. He’s since recorded with GRAMMY-nominated John Beasley (“American Idol” music director), performed with GRAMMY-winner John Popper at the prestigious Carnegie Hall NYC, and Founded the New England School of Music in Boston, MA, as well as established the Shyamal Music Foundation in Mumbai, India – a non-profit created to promote, preserve and propagate Indian classical music by giving a platform to the next generation of talented musicians.