Sharma, Shivkumar (Santoor)

An Audience With... - Ragas Gujari Todi, Bhimpalasi, Puriya, Miyan Ki Malhar, Kedar

ID: NRCD 0222

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These performances encompass the period 1983 - 1994 and the earliest of the selection is an analogue recording. The essence of live recording means that it is presented as performed with virtually no editing, including any short tuning interruptions mid-stream as it were.
Gujari Todi - madhyalaya teentaal (19:41)
Bhimpalasi - drut ektaal (14:40)
Puriya - drut ektaal (14:49)
Miyan Ki Malhar - drut ektaal (19:10)
Kedar - alaap (5:40)

Shivkumar Sharma (* 1938) is credited with establishing the santoor as a classical solo instrument. He is the son of classical singer Uma Dutt Sharma and learnt vocal and tabla from early childhood. He overcame the resistence of conservative critics in course of time by modifying the Kashmiri folk santoor and inventing new playing techniques to make it suitable for raga music. Shivkumar Sharma has published more than 100 recordings. In 1986 he received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and in 2001 the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian Indian state medal.