Magazine article New Internationalist

Music of the Himalayas by Rahul Sharma

Magazine article New Internationalist

Music of the Himalayas by Rahul Sharma

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There's a quality to Rahul Sharma's interpretations of traditional Kashmiri tunes and his own original compositions that is as timeless as it is peaceful. It's a reminder that, whatever else happens in that troubled Himalayan region from which Sharma hails, it is rich in a diversity of music that recognizes no religious or ethnic boundaries.

Music of the Himalayas is a beautifully airy album - just santoor (or stringed zither) coupled with some understated tabla and percussion - that's deceptively simple in its delivery. Sharma - as much a master of the santoor as was his acclaimed father Pandit Shivkumar Sharma - is something of a phenomenon. His virtuosity is in no doubt and it's thanks to him that the ancient instrument is gaining a larger currency.

Recorded live in Italy, Sharma's subtle expositions are extraordinarily addictive. …

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