Shiv Kumar Sharma (born January 13, 1938) plays the Santoor, a folk instrument from Jammu and Kashmir. He started learning Santoor at the age of thirteen, and made his father’s dream come true to be the first musician to play Indian classical music on the Santoor. He is credited with making the Santoor a popular Classical Instrument.
In 1967, he teamed up with flutist Hariprasad Chaurasia and Brij Bhushan Kabra to produce a concept album, Call of the Valley (1967), which turned out to be one of the greatest hits in Indian Classical Music. He has composed music for many Hindi films in collaboration with Hariprasad Chaurasia starting with Silsila (1980). They came to be known as the ‘Shiv-Hari’ music duo.
Bhaskar Chandavarkar (16 March 1936 – 26 July 2009) was an Indian sitar player, academic and film and theatre composer who worked with directors of Indian cinema and was known for his blending of Indian classical and western music.
In late 1950s he studied under sitar player Pandit Ravi Shankar, and Umashankar Misra, and also learnt Indian classical vocals, contemporary Western music and jazz.
Zakir Hussein (born 9 March 1951) is an Indian tabla player, musical producer, film actor and composer. He was born to the legendary tabla player Alla Rakha and was a child prodigy. His father taught him Pakhawaj from the age of 3 years, and he was touring by the age of eleven. He went to the United States in 1970, beginning his international career which includes more than 150 concert dates a year.
His first Planet Drum album, released in 1991 on the Rykodisc label, went on to earn the 1992 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, the first Grammy ever awarded in this category. He was named an Old Dominion Fellow by the Humanities Council at Princeton University, where he resided for the 2005–2006 semester as full professor in the music department. He was also a visiting professor at Stanford University and now resides in San Francisco.
Vanraj Bhatia (born 1927) is an Indian music composer, who is best known for providing music for most of Shyam Benegal’s films, and for his private albums with Music Today. Although he made good music to many art movies during the 1970s and 1980s, he never came to mainstream commercial movies.
In the 1990s he composed the music of Vijay Singh’s international film Jaya Ganga (1996). He won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for Tamas in 1988, and was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1989. In 2012 he was awarded the Padmashree in the field of Art – Music.
Hariprasad Chaurasia (born 1 July 1938) is an Indian classical flutist. He started learning vocal music at the age of 15, before switching to playing the flute. He joined the All India Radio in 1957 and worked as a composer and performer. Apart from classical music, he has made a mark as a music director for Indian films along with Shiv Kumar Sharma, forming a group called Shiv-Hari.
He has collaborated with world musicians in experimental cross-cultural performances, including the fusion group Shakti. Chaurasia also played on The Beatles’ 1968 B-side “The Inner Light”, which was written by George Harrison. Today, he serves as the artistic director of the World Music Department at the Rotterdam Music Conservatory in the Netherlands.