Sharan Rani is the first woman sarod player of India. Born in 1929 in Delhi, Sharan Rani is playing Sarod for nearly 70 years. In fact, she is also popularly called as Sarod Rani. Sharan Rani learnt sarod from eminent musicians such as Baba Allauddin Khan and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Sharan Rani has performed concerts throughout the world. Jawahar Lal Nehru called her "Cultural Ambassador of India".
For her achievement in music, Sharan Rani was awarded the Padma Shri in
1968 and Sahitya Kala Parishad Award in Delhi in 1974. She received the
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Hindustani Instrumental Music in 1986.
Sharan Rani is one of the three women to be conferred the title of "Gems
of Indian Music" by the Government of India, the other two being
Lata Mangeshkar & MS Subbulakshmi.