Sharat Chandra Srivastava

About Sharat

Owing allegiance to the 'Senia Gharana', Sharat has been active on the performing circuit for over 25 years. His distinct experimental approach led him to dabble with various genres of music. Sharat is both a Hindustani classical musician and a rock musician. As one of the leading classical violinists in north India, he has toured in many different parts of the world giving performances of Indian classical music, and also as the leader of the Delhi based fusion group Mrigya.

To this end, he was a noted member of India's premier rock band Parikrama for twelve years. They have performed extensively throughout the country, weaving their own expressive interpretation of trans-atlantic rock, blues, metal and Hindustani Classical Music.

His nascent talent, nurtured since the age of 7 by the renowned violinist Late Pandit Joi Srivastava, his Grandfather/Guru, has lent him rare understanding of the 'Dhrupad-Ang', a style unique to this Gharana under the Guru-Shishya Parampara. This and such grooming has put him on stage with the likes of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pt. Birju Maharaj, and as an acclaimed soloist was selected for Sahitya Kala Parishad's coveted 'Yuva Mahotsava'.

He is a recipient of the National Scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Government of India.

In 1998, he got the opportunity to share the stage with STING in an all acoustic set at the Channel V awards held at New Delhi. Sharat has performed across the globe in some prestigious Music festivals like the New Zealand Arts Festival in 2004, The Great Arc Festival and the Little Chilli Festival (London), Singapore Arts Festival, Druga Godba Festival (Slovenia), Canada National Day (Toronto), Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dubai Jazz Festival and Khajuraho Millennium Festival (India) apart from numerous other shows.

Apart from performing and doing studio work Sharat has conducted masterclasses at the University of Edinburgh, Royal Scotland Academy of Music and Drama, University of Stratclythe, Glasgow, Scotland. Additionally, he has conducted workshops in Winterthur University, Switzerland and Casa de la India, Valladolid, Spain.

He has also been teaching the Violin at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi for over 10 years and has been regularly scoring music for documentaries for the past 20 years.

His Guru
Shri Joi Srivastava
Shri Joi Srivastava in Concert
Sharat with his Guru, Shri Joi Srivastava
Sharat has nurtured his nascent talent, since the tender age of 7 under the legendary violinist Late Shri Joi Srivastava, his Grandfather/Guru, which has lent him rare understanding of the 'Dhrupad-Ang', a style unique to the 'Senia Gharana' under the Guru Shishya (Master-Disciple) parampara.
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