G. Chandrasekara Sharma is one of the most sought after Ghatam artistes in the Carnatic Music circuit today. Hailing from an illustrious musical lineage, Chandrasekara Sharma grew up in a household that always had music in the air. He is the grandson of late Sri T.R. Harihara Sharma, founder of Jaya Ganesh Tala Vadya Vidyalaya in Chennai. His father is a senior and established Violin Vidvan Sri T.H. Gurumoorthy, and his uncle is the renowned Ghatams Maestro Padma Bhushan Sri T.H. Vinayakaram. His other uncle and his guru Sri T.H. Subashchandran is a leading international performer and well-established Guru for several decades.
Having taken to the art of rhythm naturally, he imbibed the best from his uncle and other senior artistes, helping him create a unique style of his own. Known for his clear fingering techniques and all-round knowledge of music accompaniment and mathematics, he has established himself as one of the foremost artistes in the field of percussion today. After his debut concert in 2000 for Vidushi Smt. Sulochana Pattabhiraman, there has been no looking back for Chandrasekara Sharma.
He has been blessed to share the stage with some of the most iconic musicians of this generation. These include T.N. Krishnan, N. Ramani, T.K. Murthy, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, Vellore G. Ramabadhran, V. Kamalakar Rao, Guruvayur Dorai, T.V. Sankaranarayanan, T.N. Seshagopalan, Trichur V Ramachandran, Bombay Sisters, Dr. Trichy Sankaran, Sudha Ragunathan, and the late Mandolin U. Srinivas. He has also accompanied other leading vidvans and vidushis of today such as Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan, S. Sowmya, N. Ravikiran, N. Vijay Siva, T.M. Krishna, Bombay Jayashri, Aruna Sairam, Ranjani and Gayatri, S. Shashank, and all the leading musicians in the younger generation.
He has had the rare opportunity of performing in the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presense of Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He has also performed alongside Ambi Subramaniam, son of violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam at the Tata Theatre in Mumbai. Besides Carnatic Kutcheris, Chandrasekara Sharma has been actively involved in experimental music ensembles, instrumental medleys and fusion shows. He is also one of the founding members of the Carnatic Instrumental Band, Trinayana.
Yuva Kala Bharati from Bharat Kalachar, Bala Kala Ratna from Balakalasagaram Trust, T.R. Harihara Sharma Memorial Award from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha are some of the honours and titles that have been awarded, which recognise Chandrasekara Sharma’s talent and success. He is also an W graded artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan, Chennai.
He is a Commerce Graduate from the University of Madras and has also trained in vocal music under Sri N. Vijay Siva. He has also actively given back to the arts by being an Executive Committee Member of YACM (Youth Association for Classical Music) for 5 years and has been an integral part of Svanubhava, a cultural movement in promoting the art and culture of India to students and art enthusiasts.