There’s hardly any interview of ace santoor player Rahul Sharma (43) that talks about the person he is beyond Rahul’s music. So, when we meet him at the Pali Hill apartment he grew up in, we decide to find out what he’s like when not globetrotting for concerts. Lady of the house and Rahul’s mother, Manorama Sharma, keeps us company before the artist arrived. Soon the house was filled with chatter as Rahul joined us with his wife, Barkha, and two-year-old son, Abhinav.
Rahul shows us around the house and the open terrace garden, with his son in tow. “We used to have Holi parties here. And because my father (Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma) would also compose music for Bollywood, we often had celebrities over. I was so excited when Amitabh Bachchan visited us that I couldn’t wait to share the news with my schoolmates,” he says, adding that he was a movie buff as a child.
Over the years, he has developed more of an affinity towards TV shows. On an off day, one will find him binge-watching The Big Bang Theory, Seinfeld, and Everybody Loves Raymond. “I absolutely love the humour of Seinfeld. At times, I see shades of myself in Jerry Seinfeld,” he laughs.
Sharma has consciously decided not to be on any of the social networking platforms — Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. He doesn’t see the point in constantly checking notifications and scrolling down the same newsfeed hundreds of times in a day. However, he finds peace in nature, and says he has trekked and hiked to every nook and corner of Maharashtra. “I make sure I explore cities on foot, wherever I am performing. Recently, we were in Greece, and we spent a couple of days walking around Santorini,” he adds.
Sharma, who lives with his family in his Bandstand apartment, tells us that he is the quintessential “Bandra boy”, and had a tough time when he first decided to buy an apartment of his own. “It was over a decade back when I started looking for houses. Considering my budget, I started looking for places in Kandivali. But after a long search, I realised I could not live outside Bandra. So I just waited for some years before I could afford a flat here,” he says.
Rahul Sharma will perform in collaboration with Egyptian musician Hamada Farghaly and Rajasthani musicians on August 5, 7pm onward.
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