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A good sample of Indian music

Music in this album greatly justifies its title. Here is a brief about each of the tracks: 1. The Trinity - this is based on an invocative morning raga and it features the chant of the sacred "Gayatri" mantra, accompanied by gorgeous beats of Pakhawaj. 2. Taj Mahal - this is a very imaginative and moving composition based on the majestic raga Darbari Kanada. Pretty haunting and romantic. 3. Moonlit Night in Benaras - another romantic instrumental track. 4. The Glory of Himalayas - gives a feel of the mountains. 5. Rajasthan - The Timeless Desert - Beautifully brings out the music of the deserts and it has shades of the raga "Mand" which is unique to Rajasthan. Beats are very typical to the Rajasthani folk music. 6. Monsoon Bliss - Typical composition that brings out the feel of clouds and rain. Romantic. 7. Temple Bells - Serene and joyful. 8. Eternity - Gives a feel of the evening and fishermen paddling their boats back to the shore.

Great sample of Indian music (from inlay notes)

Rahul Sharma, son of the Santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is a versatile musician who loves to take the tougher path of creativity. This album ‘The Essence of India’ symbolizes the confluence of the Santoor with the musical sounds of India. The melodious strains of the Santoor in harmony with the Violin, Flute, Mridangam, Pakhawaj and Sarangi speak more than a thousand words as all of Rahul Sharma’s work which is a vast spectrum of variety. Music in India finds its source in the infinite ancient wisdom of the country, rich in creativity, that is constantly evolving into a multitude of expressions and experiences. The essence of India is a journey which takes us on a musical experience of India, meditative and soothing and soul-stirring. HISTORY OF SANTOOR Music expresses what cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. After silence, the strains of the Santoor come nearest to expressing the inexpressive. The Santoor is the oldest musical instrument of India. It derives its name from the ‘SHATA-TANTRI VEENA’, which in Sanskrit is ‘a hundred stringed lute’. This unique instrument, played with two ‘wooden strikers’ was heard in the hills and valleys of Kashmir. From time immemorial the Santoor was a part of the classical music repertoire in Persia and Arabia. The Sufi mystics used the sounds of Santoor as an accompaniment to their hymns. The magical resonance made its journey into the works of Indian classical music with the vision of Pandit Uma Dutt Sharma, a renowned vocalist from Kashmir. His illustrious son Pandit Shivkumar Sharma adapted the Santoor to create new techniques of music thus making the sounds of the Santoor an immortal part of the great heritage of Indian classical music.

Biography

Born: September 25, 1972 in Mumbai, India

Genre: Indian

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The mountainous region of Kashmir was where Rahul Sharma's lineage with music evolved. His grandfather, Uma Dutt Sharma, was a master of the santoor, an instrument that is similar to the hammer-dulcimer. The harsh tone of the instrument made it fell out of line with folk music as well as classical music, but Uma Dutt Sharma persisted. His father, Shivkumar Sharma mastered the instrument by experimenting with various striking positions and tones. As Shivkumar's status rose in the musical circles of...
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