Abhay Sopori

Abhay Rustum Sopori
Birth name Abhay Rustum Sopori
Born Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Origin Kashmiri
Genres Fusion music, Hindustani classical
Occupation(s) musician, composer
Instruments santoor
Associated acts Bhajan Sopori

Abhay Rustum Sopori (Kashmiri: अभय सोपोरी (Devanagari), ابھے سوپوری (Nastaleeq)) (born in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir) is a Kashmiri Indian santoor player.

Early life and family

Sopori is from Srinagar in Kashmir Valley and belongs to the Sufiana gharana of Indian classical music. He is the son of Bhajan Sopori from whom he learned santoor in the traditional guru-shishya parampara.[1] [2]



Abhay started his musical career in 1997 in Delhi. He has around thirty albums and releases, and he has given performances around the world.[3] His performances abroad include those in the USA, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

Abhay has collaborated with international musicians such as Moroccan lute player Haj Younis, Iranian santoor player Darius Saghafi and American dulcimer player Malcolm Dalgish. [2]


Abhay has composed tunes for serials such as Tabla ka Itihaas (History of Tabla), Guldasta (Flower Bouquet), Do sheron ki kahani (story of two tigers) & Kabir bani (Kabir's words). Haft Rang (seven colours in Kashmiri), his instrumental orchestral ensemble which combines instruments of Kashmir with other Indian, as well as Western instruments, is a forty-member ensemble. The ensemble performed at the Jammu and Kashmir festival (2009) at the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts in New Delhi.[4] Sopori has also composed music for documentaries.[5] and has also composed music for the international award winning film Ziyarat[2]


Abhay won the Ustaad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puruskar in 2006.[6] Abhay was also awarded the Jammu and Kashmir state award in 2011. He was the youngest ever recipient of the award.[1] His other awards include National Dogri award (2009), Bharat shiromani award (2009),[7]Ma Sharika Samman (2009), Sangeet Bhushan Award (2007), Kalawant Samman (2004), Glory of India award[8] amongst others.[3]

Sopori was conferred the Juenjo Korean international heritage award in 2005.[3]


  1. 1 2 Screen, Correspondent (1 April 2011). "Another honour for Abhay Sopori". The Indian Express. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 "Another Sopori RISES". The Hindu. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  3. 1 2 3 Nagpal, Bhushan (11 February 2011). "Abhay rustum sopori awarded prestigious JK state award". RadioandMusic.com. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  4. "Music in his Jeans". The Hindu. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  5. Mumbai, Mirror (27 February 2011). "Rustum Sopori to give santoor recital". timesofindia.com. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  6. "Abhay Rustum Sopori". BuzzInTown. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  7. "Bharath shiromani award, photogallery". timesofindia. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  8. Misra, Iti shree (24 October 2012). "Senior artistes have made music their jaagir: Abhay Sopori". timesofindia.com. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
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