New Delhi: Sonam Sherpa, founding member and the lead guitarist of the Indian rock band Parikrama, handed away on Friday. He was 48.
“With a very heavy heart, we regret to inform the sudden demise of our backbone, Mr. Sonam Sherpa. It’s very very tough to lose a band mate, a brother and a mentor. Thank you all for all your messages and tributes to Sonam, he sure will have a great gig in the sky. Farewell my friend,” the band tweeted on their official deal with @parikrama, confirming Sherpa’s demise.
Though no explanation for dying was specified within the official tweet, deccanherald.com quoted a bandmate as saying that Sherpa had suffered a cardiac arrest.
Among the many first to supply condolences was actor-singer Farhan Akhtar, who has carried out with the guitarist. Farhan took to Instagram to pay tribute, together with an image of himself with Sherpa.
“In 2008, post Rock On!!, I was part of a 4 city tour with the amazing Parikrama and I can never forget or adequately say how thankful I am for the love and warmth that Sonam Sherpa extended to this first timer on stage. He was a gifted guitarist, a supremely cool guy and a true rock star. RIP brother. Deepest condolences to his family,” wrote Farhan.
Sherpa was born within the West Bengal hill city of Kalimpong on October 8, 1971. Together with Subir Malik, he organ shaped Parikrama in Delhi on June 17, 1991. The band’s memorable songs embrace “But it rained”, “Till I’m no one again”, “Open skies”, “Whiskey blues”, “Am I dreaming” and “Superhero”.
The band’s 1996 single, “But it rained”, made it to the record of “25 Greatest Indian Rock Songs Of The Last 25 Years” of “Rolling Stone India”.