New Delhi: ‘Jugalbandi’ between the musical maestro Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma and his son Rahul Sharma brought together numerous elements to create what was a classic and vintage musical experience in the capital on 30June.
Combining tradition and modernity, the father-son duo turned in an impressive performance where restraint and mastery over the soft and lilting instrument of santoor were the defining hallmark.
Notes were completely in sync as the purity of santoor expanded to let classical notes merge with the contemporary sounds of fusion.
Aptly mounted as a ‘Jugalbandi’ that makes it legitimate for two varied styles to come together as they seamlessly interweave and create a new form of music, the ‘Unbelong genre of harmonious symphony’ was a tribute to two generations of legendary artists.
Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, a recipient of one of the highest civilian awards of India, the Padma Vibhushan, is also the face of the santoor, a complex but grand instrument. In true tradition, he has passed on his skill to his son, Rahul who according to critics displays a prodigious knowledge of music.
According to Asif Adil, Managing Director, Diageo India Pvt. Ltd, “The Unbelong series is an attempt to promote India’s rich culture and to provide a platform for eminent artists who can through their craft reach out to the younger generation, who may otherwise by remotely connected with the sights and sounds of the great Indian masters.”
Musicians like Anoushka Shankar, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan have earlier been part of the same platform.