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Music of the Himalayas

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Rahul Kumar is the son of Shivkumar Sharma (of Call of the Valley fame) and is a world-renowned poet of the santoor in his own right. In fact, the two masters often play together. Until recently, the santoor, a trapezoid-shaped hammered zither, with its hundred-plus strings and curved wooden mallets, was considered appropriate only for Kashmiri folk tunes. But over the past half-century (a blink of an eye along India's ancient timeline), its rippling, metallic glissandos and arpeggios have become accepted even in rarified Indian music circles. Like his father, the younger virtuoso has solved the problem of how to create rounded, soothing tones from an essentially staccato medium. Heard live before a nearly silent audience, Rahul's deceptively delicate touch strikes fire while his fervent improvisations breathe deep and blossom. The listener becomes blissfully passive, like a traveler so enchanted by the journey that she no longer cares about reaching her destination. --Christina Roden
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  • Audio CD (July 30, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real World
  • ASIN: B000066BNJ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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People equate the Himalayas with Tibet, but in fact the foothills are in India. This poetic live performance is not energetic, but it is powerful in its subtlety and movement with fine fingerwork of Rahul Sharma coupled with the gentle rippling percussions in the background. A slow melodious journey in classical North Indian music.
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The title says it all. This is one of my favorite Rahul Sharma CDs. Very relaxing and soothing. I think the santoor used here is a different one too, as it sounds unlike the one used in his other works. Overall a great purchase, highly recommended!
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You cann't believe how fast santoor and tabla can play till you listen to the thrid track.

It's a very soothing, enticing and addicting music. My colleague borrowed it and someone was talking to her, when she was playing it in the background. Needless to say, they both got hooked.

Pakhawaj adds bass and weight to fine rythm and melody.

Must have it...!
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Rahul Sharma has definitely proven himself as an artist, apart from his illustrious father Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. He is able to take the listener to unbelievable levels through the smooth trickling sounds of the santoor. The mind is calmed and images of the mountains and rivers come forward to bring the listener to a state of peacefulness. The melodies are based off of Sufi music from the valleys of Jammu and Kashmir, some composed by Rahul Sharma himself. These Indian sounds remind us that amidst all the terror and hatred that surfaces in the region, the arts originating from that region bring about the beauty and oneness which is humankind.
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