Hindustani vocalist Aruna Sharma, a lecturer in Stony Brook’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, is among the most imaginative female vocalists of India. She has performed on campus and now has a new album, Jazba (“Passion”), recently released by Galaxy International Audios.
Sharma has been performing music since the age of ten, growing up in a musical environment inspired by her father. She received her Ph.D. in music from Rajasthan University and was part of the music faculty at Savitri College, Ajmer. Since 1997 she has been Stony Brook, where she teaches courses on appreciating Indian music and on Hindi.
“Learning classical music from an illustrious teacher at the age of three and my musical environment at home made me a person who has only passion in life, and that passion is for music” said Sharma. “I have recorded classical music and devotional music in the past. Because of my interest in various singing styles, I thought of singing ghazals. “Jazba” (“Passion”) is a ghazal album, which means romantic poetry. I selected the title because of my passion and dedication for music.”
Sharma has received numerous awards and has performed all over India, as well as in London and in the United States.
Jazba, featuring gentle, lively, and sweet melodies created by Sharma and Music Director Robert Keettikkal, can be downloaded from iTunes.