The Rikhiram legacy has been continued by Sanay Sharma, son of Pt.Bishan Dass. Sanjay’s childhood has been surrounded by music and musical instruments. He has been in contact with all famous musicians who were with his father as well.
Sanjay Sharma’s Journey
This journey is continued by his son Sanjay Sharma, who is equally ambitious and qualified in this field. B.D.Sharma’s dream was that his son should have the same ear for music as himself and his dream was answered as Sanjay has a natural ear for music, a God’s gift-Sarawati Ma Ka Vardan. Sanjay’s childhood had been surrounded by music and musical instruments. He had seen all famous musicians corresponding with his father. This motivated him to be successful like his father and so he started playing sitar at a very tender age.
Later he became a disciple of Pt. Satish Kumar who was the chief producer in A.I.R. Under the rigorous training by Pt.Satish Kumar Sanjay did his M.A in music. He also received honorary scholarship by Sahitya Kala Parished, to continue working on his God gifted talent. Gradually Sanjay got a chance to perform at All India Radio and also at various Youth Festivals.
These public performances polished not only his playing but made him understand all the intricacies of sitar. He could now understand the problems faced by the musicians and decided to find technical ways to overcome them.
He has traveled worldwide and has held workshops in sitar making at Asian Music circuit in London, University of Nottingham UK, SAOAS- School of Asian and African studies London and given lecture demonstrations in the music department of prestigious Universities in Europe and USA. He has held workshop at Ali Akbar College of music, All England Conservatory Boston USA, University of Valladolid in Spain. Sanjay has also participated in live concert with Pt.Ravi Shankar ji.
Now he believes that to make a good concert quality musical instrument one has to have the deep knowledge of music and craftsmanship which has to go hand in hand.
Sanjay sharma is receiving high acclaim from all the maestros for his sitar making and for the new innovative designs he has designed. Recently Bishan Dass and Sanjay have brought a revolution in the sitar world by creating “a flat based all wooden sitar named Ovation / Travelling sitar”.
This sitar has been appreciated by all the sitar maestros. When Pt. Ravi Shankar ji was presented this sitar he was surprised by the tonal quality and sound of the sitar. Sanjay has also created ‘Geetanjali’ sitar- which is an amalgamation of Pt. Ravi Shankar and Ustad Vilayat Khan style sitars. This style is also slowly gaining popularity.