Founding member and lead guitarist of acclaimed band Parikrama, Sonam Sherpa died today in Kurseong. Reports state, the musician, who was in Kurseong to record music for an upcoming movie, suffered a cardiac arrest.
He played the guitar since he was 9 years old, Sherpa formed Parikrama on June 17, 1991, in Delhi along with Subir Malik, who is also the organ player in the band.
He is also known for singing many hits including ‘But It Rained’, ‘Tears of the Wizard and Am I Dreaming.’
Subir Malik also one of the co-founder of Parikrama also told the media “I heard the news a few minutes ago. I am myself in a state of shock and on my way to the deceased’s home in New Delhi to meet his family. Sonam was in Kurseong to record the music for an upcoming movie. I am told he suffered a massive cardiac arrest there. It is not yet clear at this stage where the last rites will be performed.”
Sherpa, born on October 8, 1971, in Kalimpong in West Bengal, was a renowned musician and composer.
He even composed music for Bollywood films like Manjunath. He also owned and ran the Parikrama School of Music situated in Hauz Khas.
Sonam Sherpa featured in some great shows such as ‘Top 10 Guitarist of India’ list by the Rolling Stones magazine. He was also part of other shows like the Young Turks, a show focusing on young entrepreneurs. The BBC featured him and the band in a rockumentary while on its Download Festival Tour.