Monty Sharma was born in India’s financial capital Mumbai, in a family with rich musical tradition. Following the footsteps of his family members, he began learning music at a very tender age, under the direction of his grandfather Pandit Ram Prasad Sharma. Monty is the nephew of Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma, who was himself a famous music director along with his friend Laxmikant. Since his childhood, he had an interest in music; he took formal training in Keyboard playing from Pyarelal Ramprasad.
Monty began his musical career as professional Keyboardist for Shekar Kapur’s film Mr. India, under the guidance of Laxmikant- Pyarelal. After that, he has worked in several successful films delivering the mesmerizing background scores for movies such as Devdas, Black, Ramleela, Lucky: No Time for Love and many more. It was for his background score of Black; that gave him his first Black-Lady, the Filmfare Award for Best Background Score in 2005. Monty has collaborated with many renowned music directors such as Laxmikant- Pyarelal, R.D. Burman,
Rajesh Roshan, Jatin-Lalit,
Ismail Darbar and many others for numerous Bollywood movies. Even after working for so long in the industry, he made his debut as a music director in 2007 with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Saawariya.
Later that year, he went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director as well he won the Filmfare R.D. Burman Award for New Music Talent. Since his debut in Saawariya, he has been involved in various other films as a music director. Apart from his involvement in Bollywood, he has collaborated with many artists such as
Tulsi Kumar, Abbas, and
Falguni Pathak for their albums. He has even compiled music for an international project known as Khuda Hafeez.
Monty has even made an appearance on the silver screen with music reality show, Star Voice of India 2. His music is inspired by the works of Laxmikant- Pyarelal, but he resorts against plagiarism and always gives an original touch to his music.