Avirodh Sharma - Artist, Composer, Producer

New York City Tabla Player
New York City Tabla Player
Avirodh Sharma, one of the leading tabla players from the West Indies and United States promoting the tradition of rhythm, incorporates rhythmic elements from around the world with Indian Classical melodic and percussive overtones; making him extraordinary as a percussionist. Trained by his father Dr. Ravideen Ramsamooj (Managing Director of the East Indian Music Academy Inc.) in Tabla and Indian Classical Music, with his blessings incorporated influences from tabla virtuosos, Ustad Zakir Hussain and Pandit Anindo Chatterjee with Avirodh's own research to evolve and display a unique aesthetic in rhythm.
 
Avi has made recent appearances on Zee TV, TV Asia, NPR radio
on the leonard lopatte show, NY Daily News, and at the end of 
2015 making an appearance on the
Starz Network Season Premiere, "flesh and bone".
 
In 2015, he debuted as a Tabla soloist touring in Nepal, and India where he performed in Agra near the world greatest wonder,
 the Taj Mahal. Avirodh represented India, West Indies, and the
United States in the premiere Music Festival of India called the
Taj Mahotsav and was featured amongst headliners like
Parveen Sultana, Ronu Majumdar, Taufiq Qureshi and Shaan. 
Previous performers include: Hariharan, Pt. Jasraj,
Shiv Kumar Sharma, Hari Prasad Chaursia, Shreya Ghoshal,
Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Shankar Ehsaan Loy (SEL), and many
others. Avi was also nominated for the 14th Annual Independent
Music Awards for Best World Beat Album "Melodic Intersect -
Inner Vision" and also made the Top 100 list for Best World Music albums for the 57th Grammy Awards. The album, features Avirodh Sharma, Tarun Bhattacharya, Hidayat Khan, Enayet Hossain, Greg Hatza, and Hans Utter.
 
As a performing artist, he has worked with internationally acclaimed artists such as Kailash Kher, Karsh Kale, Grammy Winner Vikku Vinayakram, Shivamani, Selvaganesh, Tarun Bhattacharya, Deepak Ram, Suresh Wadhkar, Steve Gorn, Dilshad Khan, Shakir Khan, Hidayat Khan, the Late Hari Om Sharan, Jazz Legend- David Murry, Patrick Mangan (Riverdance), Hammerstep, B-52's/David Bowie's Sterling Campbell, David Parsons, Kone Kone, Sudhir Narain, Jeffrey Iqbal and many others. Avi has performed with notable ensembles such as the Queens Symphony, Sufiana, Chakra, Riyaaz Qawaali and Melodic Intersect. He has performed in prestigious venues like Lincoln Center, Joseph Papp. Public Theater, Joyce Theater, Harlem Stage, Joe's Pub, Cipriani Ballroom on Wall Street, City Hall, The Marriot on Broadway, National Art Gallery of Bahamas, Kraine Theater, and many others. 
 
As a recording artist he has been featured in albums, Patrick Mangan's Departures , Melodic Intersect – Inner Vision, Prana, Tears Apart, and Esha Upanishad. In 2017, Melodic Intersect - Looking Forward has charted #1 for 8 consecutive weeks on world music charts. 
 
in 2018, as a composer; Avirodh’s work was recently featured in a commissioned work by Parsons Dance called Microburst which received many raving reviews. He has also written for West Indian films like, "Till I Find a Place", sitcoms -“The CrazyBeat Show” and the pilot DESICITI which was nominated In 2011 at the NEW YORK CITY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, BANFF World Television Festival and AMPIA Awards for BEST DRAMATIC PRODUCTION UNDER 60 MINUTES and BEST PRODUCTION FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY. He also Co-Produced a show on Time Warner Cable called “Aaj Ka Sandesh”. His talents have even landed him on industry Fashion Shows where he has performed and arranged music showcasing the work of industry fashion designers. Avi’s groundbreaking work in American Theatre has landed him in productions like Dishwasher Dreams, and No Poem No Song where he has written music scores for Tabla. 
 
Avi is well on his way of becoming a global ambassador of music. Having Trinidadian and Guyanese roots, Avirodh Sharma’s Globalstān is a movement and vision of bridging the music of the West Indies, India, and the world in a manner that transcends time and moves the listener into the “space between the spaces” to promote peace and harmony through World Music. Also, his record company Globalstan Records will be launched soon featuring many acclaimed artists from around the world.