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The magic of santoor in a modern & innovative framework

Time Traveler is a unique musical interpretation of the mysterious 'Time Travel' theory from a musician's point of view. In this album, the young and talented 'Santoor' maestro, Rahul Sharma, takes the listener through a musical journey, which is beyond time, using the Santoor in a new age avtar and with various ambient moods. The tracks in the album encapsulate the joy, the ecstasy, the mystery and the various stages and experiences in a musician's life. 1. Time Machine [Back in time] Haunting, mysterious, exciting, intriguing - that's the way 'Time Machine' begins. It starts in a manner that may not be comprehendible to many due to its non-linear touch. But the real excitement begins as soon as santoor takes over the proceedings with a unique fusion experiment using western arrangements. The track picks up pace only to slow down after some time that gives way to introspection. There is a distinct melody to the entire affair that makes 'Time Machine' a long'n'worthy ride that ends on a similar haunting note as it began. 2. Destinations [The instrumental odyssey, Instrumental Video Mix] Ticking of a clock marks the beginning of 'Destinations' that as per the musician is 'the instrumental odyssey'. Signature tune of this track is absolutely mind-blowing as it fuses itself with western arrangements. But the most noticeable fact about this piece is that inspite of western arrangements, what stands out and etches itself in one's memory is the melody coming out of an effective use of Santoor that takes you back into an era when maestros Shiv-Hari used to compose their tunes using this instrument. Just like the opening track 'Time Machine', this one too takes various twists and turns in its entire duration with the pace going through numerous tides to make for a concentrated listening. Sheer beauty! 3. 1960 - Traveling to New Orleans [Jazz yatra] It's jazz all the way from the very first note of '1960 - Traveling to New Orleans'. While the proceedings were all rock and pop before this track, it changes track with a jazzy sound this time around. While the Santoor feel does tend to get a little repetitive by this time around due to a familiar melodious feel, it is the interlude with the jazz that give that extra zing to the engagement. Overall a good followup to an album that keeps you involved all the time. 4. Departing Souls [The last stage in a man's life] Just like 'Destinations', even 'Departing Souls' begins with a sound of a clock ticking away. But this time around the context is different as it is about time ticking away from a man's life. There is a soothing effect embedded in with the sound of birds chirping away. All complains around the proceedings becoming a little too predictable by now are gone as 'Departing Souls' is a completely different experience. One way to describe the track is ‘peace’ that is quite apt for the theme it tries to convey. 5. The Temptress [Celebrating the sensuality of a woman, who is Timeless] To suit the mood of 'The Temptress', which is about celebrating the sensuality of a woman, there is a faint female voice in the background. The track is livelier than its predecessors, understandably so due to its theme. Fast paced but not as engrossing as others before this, it is good but not excellent. 6. Dance of Death [The Time Warp] One would have expected 'Dance Of Death' to be a frightening deadly track but surprisingly it comes across as a ear friendly lively track. There is nothing scary about this moderately paced instrumental that moves along in a consistent manner with no major highs or lows. 7. "Manzille" Revisited [Remix video mix] Built over and above the signature tune of 'Destinations', 'Manzille' is a fusion number sung and written by Rahul Sharma as well. A remix version, 'Manzille' is fast paced with Rahul's voice taking the backseat while the musical arrangements being in the forefront with Santoor taking the lead. A good way to end the album. Rahul Sharma brings the magic of Santoor alive in the manner that would be easily identified and appreciated by today's generation. For those who are fascinated only by the music from the west, 'Time Traveler' is a good way to make them aware about India's heritage music presented to them in a new avatar. (from IndiaGlitz, 13 Mar 2006)


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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Time Traveler: The New Age Santoor Journey Beyond Time, Rahul Sharma
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