Sounds of Santoor

Marvelous sounds of Santoor

Santoor is 100-stringed instrument that has its origins in the valleys of Kashmir. Through the extensive hard work of our Guruji, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, this instrument was introduced to Indian Classical in 1955. The tonal quality of this instruments puts listeners in deep states of meditation and when accompanied by Tabla, it can create an energized atmosphere.



Initially, Vinay received knowledge in vocal/harmonium/tabla from Shafiq Rahman in his teens. After completing his college in both Pre-pharmaceutical science as well as Pre-Law in Delaware, Vinay sought out to learn Santoor in India. In 2011, with blessings and direct guidance of Padma Vibhushan Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Vinay began his studies under Takahiro Arai. He later moved back to USA to learn from Kunal Gunjal. To expand his knowledge in music, Vinay has learnt from different Maestros such as Parthasarathi Chatterjee, Jay Gandhiji, Suryaksha Deshpandejii. 

Now, Vinay learns from Pandit Shivkumar Sharma directly while residing in Shanti Mandir, a beautiful Ashram located in Walden, NY.