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Navin Sharma


Navin Sharma (dholak) is a young master of the dholak (a double-headed hand drum from Indian folk tradition). He studied dholak with his first teacher, his father Shri Shyam Rughuram Sharma, who then sent Sharma to the great Ustad Allarakha (playing partner of Pandit Ravi Shankar; together they were essential in introducing Indian music to the United States) to study the tabla.

Life being the great circle, Sharma now finds himself playing with Allarakhha’s son Zakir, having already played with Zakir’s brothers Shri Fazal Quereshi and Shri Taufiq Quereshi, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Shri Ranjeet Barot, Shri Selvaganesh, Shri Shivamani, and the maestro of the ghatam, the clay pot drum, “Vikku” Vinayakram.

Sharma has also worked extensively in Bollywood.