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Instrumental bliss

Rahul Sharma is really making new waves in the music world with his innovative and creative compositions on santoor. Being the musician son of Indian classical legend Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, it is natural that listeners have very high expectations from Rahul's music. He has successfully met the challenge and has released a successful series of classical as well as new age albums. This album was originally released in India in 2004 (as Jannat / Kashmir) and this is the first time that it is coming out in the international forum, exclusively on iTunes. In this album, Rahul gives a musical presentation to the ethereal beauty of Kashmir Valley -- a place which should have been as much packed with travelers as Niagara or Yosemite. Some historians have called Kashmir 'The most beautiful place on earth', 'The paradise on earth' etc. Though it is tough to travel to the terrorism-marred valley, we get an idea of its beauty through the music in this album. The album opens with a serene 'Sunrise on Dal Lake', moving on to folkish and lilting 'Char Chinari Bazaar'. The third track 'Shankaracharya' is very spiritual in nature (starts with a Sanskrit chant) and it deploys Raga Malkauns, one of the sublime and serious ragas in the North Indian classical system. Pari Mahal, Gulmarg, and Kehwa are very melodious and danceable. Kehwa has some dialogues in the native Dogri language (apparently spoken by Rahul's parents!) 'Battle Torn Pahalgam' has some serious beats of drums representing the battle. Santoor tries to bring out the sadness, with a symphony of violins supporting it. The last track 'Hope In Kashmir' is a tribute to the spirit of Kashmir - which is joy, beauty, harmony, and peace. Overall, this is album has excellent easy-listening instrumental compositions that lighten up your mood. Highly recommended.

Wonderful music

This music is so wonderfully composed. It takes us on a melodious and beautiful journey to the valley of Kashmir. My favourite tracks are: 1, 2, 4, 5, 3, 6 -- in that order. "Shankaracharya" is very spiritual and deep and it has a stirring end. Check it out!

Wow

I close my eyes and I'm in Kashmir

Biography

Born: 25 September 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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