The music world lost one more genius today. Sonam Sherpa, lead axeman for the iconic band Parikrama left us today to play music in the Heavens. Reportedly, a cardiac arrest took away Sonam. He was only 48.
Since he began playing the guitar as a 9-year-old, Sonam made a niche of his own in the Indian rock circuit.
“We have played together on stage several times and have had extended jam sessions. Sonam was one of the most genuine people I have met. He almost had a child-like innocence about him. The news is a shocker for me personally and for the entire music fraternity,” said Kaustubh (Koco) Dhavale, Guitarist of Indian rock band, Agnee
A hardcore Rock fan; Sonam Sherpa was also dubbed as one of the “Top 10 Guitarists of India.”
Along with Parikrama, he was a founding member of the band Mrigya and North East Express. His moment of glory was playing at the prestigious Download Festival at Donnington, UK, which featured legends like Iron Maiden, Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, Evanescence, Lamb of God et al. The Pink Floyd influence was visible in his music, and his on-stage persona could match that of any other legendary guitarist.
Sonam utilised his knowledge of over 21 years as a musician to teach upcoming music enthusiasts.
In 2003, he started the Parikrama School of Music in Delhi, which is the first music school to teach Western Contemporary Music with a structured syllabus. The school conducts examinations under the world-renowned Trinity School of Music, London.
After performing at over 3000 concerts, collaborating with Ace musicians and even composing the score for a film, Manjunath, Sonam has left us today. A kind and gentle soul offstage, Sonam was fierce with the guitar on the stage.
The Indian rock scene has lost not only a brilliant guitarist but also a musician always willing to help.
All I can say is “Am I Dreaming.”
Knock the Gods out of their boots with your riffs, brother.