July 16, 2020
Celestial santoor sounds.
Shivkumar Sharma’s music is explored in Meeting Rivers’ latest mix – the third instalment in a six-part series by Kam Bhogal and Sach Dhanjal that focuses on Indian classical music.
“Meeting Rivers began as a project focused on preserving the wisdom and stories of Indian classical musicians from past and present,” share Bhogal and Dhanjal. “Our curation focuses on quotes, images, and audio excerpts, with a common narrative in the expression of belief and a connection to something higher,” they share. “We view these as universal sentiments that exist beyond the genre of indian classical music.”
“Episode three in our profiles series explores the music of Shivkumar Sharma, whose success as a musician is measured by his synonymy with his instrument; When we hear Santoor, we think of ShivJi. Inspired by the sounds of his birthplace, Jammu and Kashmir, Sharma’s journey in music has been a fruitful but arduous one, having single-handedly established the Santoor on the classical platform in one lifetime.
In this mix, Shivkumar discusses his philosophy on music, the innate nature of sur and laya, and how becoming ‘antar mukhi’, or turning the attention inwards is necessary for a musician to truly perceive sound and rhythm.”⠀
Meeting Rivers #03 features Ragas Kaunsi Kanada, Kirwani, Hamsadhwani, Jhinjhoti and Khamaj – mixed and produced by Sach Dhanjal & Kam Bhogal, with audio restoration and mastering by Jazz Bhandal.