Arshad Syed is a disciple of
the great santoor maestro Pandit
Shiv Kumar Sharma,
and has been performing on the santoor in the U.S.
and abroad. The santoor has been gaining in popularity
in classical Indian music due to Shiv Kumar Sharma’s
immense contribution, and Arshad is keeping up
the tradition with his dedication and well-rounded
playing. Arshad brings to the santoor his formidable
training and experience as a tabla player, developing
his own style of santoor playing. His performances
on the santoor are marked by his tremendous control
over rhythm and layakari, and being an accomplished
tabla player has helped him achieve the same finesse
and dexterity on the santoor.
Syed first distinguished himself as a tabla player and percussionist,
having studied since
childhood from the legendary Ustad Alla Rakha.
In addition, he has collaborated with many western
musicians. Amongst his accomplished works are
the Diga Rhythm Band, with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey
Hart, the Rhythm Experience with Zakir Hussain,
as well as fusion works with bands like Ancient
Future and Flamenco guitarists in Spain.
then embarked on a new sadhna, taking up the santoor and seeking
guidance from Shivji, from whom he received wonderful support
and encouragement. With this support and teaching, Arshad Syed
is fast emerging as an accomplished santoor player, and also has
his own band, Feelings, which features his santoor and performs
light classical and fusion music based on ragas.
info, please visit santoorindia.com
started his training in classical tabla at the age of 14 under Govind
Rao Garag in Bangalore, India. Since then he has played
with numerous artists in India. Presently he is a disciple of Ustad
He currently plays both classical and fusion ensembles.