Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, 1999
"...an unbelievable multiple orgasm climax."
**** Q magazine, April 1999
Raga Janasammohini - a tranquil evening raga of serene and liquid beauty. A newly composed piece from the virtuoso of the santoor (a trapezoid-shaped instrument of the hammered dulcimer family), an instrument rare in the Indian tradition. In the past three decades, Shiv Kumar Sharma has established a lineage of disciples including his son, Rahul, who is featured in this recording. Both father and son play the duet or 'jugalbandi', accompanied by Shafaat Ahmed Khan on tabla and Manorama Sharma on tanpura. Produced by John Leckie, the album was recorded at Real World Studios during the 1998 Real World Recording Week.
- Shivkumar Sharma : Sampradaya - CD A tranquil evening raga of serene and liquid beauty from Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, the Indian virtuoso of the Santoor (the hammered Indian dulcimer that he popularised in the West). It's a newly composed work and sees the master accompanied by his son Rahul Sharma on second Santoor, Shafaat Ahmed Khan on tabla and Manorama Sharma on tanpura. The Real World engineers surpassed themselves on this one. A classic. Piccadilly Records (UK)
- 'Raga Janasammohini is patiently nurtured to life by santur master Shiiv Kumar Sharma, his youngest son, Rahul Sharma, along with Shafaat Ahmed Khan, and Manorama Sharma. The santur, familiar to Western ears because of its historical relationship to the hammered dulcimer, is the South Asian classical instrument most capable of uniting rhythm and melody in one undivided expression. Sampradaya is particularly accessible to the untrained ear, for in a way that only a true master can achieve, the clever unfolding of each cycle of the tala (time-cycle) propels, rather than hinders the organic development of the composition. Consistent with the integrity of this work, the tabla has not been cast into the background, but emerges powerfully, complementing, counterbalancing, and extending the creative exploration of the raga. Appropriately, "sampradaya" refers to the passing of life's arts from teacher to student. The emotional and intellectual depth of this cultural cornerstone of the Indian classical tradition is reflected in the father and son santur duets.' Www.rootsworld.com
- "The year's best classical Indian release..." The Source Weekly (USA)