Opening Mood: Merry Christmas šŸ™‚
Opening Song: She will be loved – Maroon 5

Santoor! What an instrument. Listen to it and you begin to imagine the ripples in the clear pond. Slowly growing in size but at the same time, fading away. Slowly. Steadily. Wonderful Experience.

I first heard this wonderful instrument when Pt. Shivkumar Sharma came over to NITK in my second year of Engineering to perform for Viraasat. I loved that performance. So many strings vibrating in tandem, but vibrating in perfect harmony.

Earlier this week, I went beserk shopping some instrumental music. Bought off Desert Rain by Indian Ocean (truely earthy music), Krishna by Pravin Godkhindi and Maya by Rahul Sharma.

Maya is extremely soothing. It’s a compilation of ten tracks, based on the theme of Maya, the godess of illusion in the Indian Mythology. The title track features Sunidhi Chauhan her volcals suitably complementing the santoor. Each track is a fusion of Santoor and some techno beats. All the tracks are good. My personal favorite is the one titled “Permeability”. It sounds happy and light as compared to others which are sound slightly more complicated.

Wonder how would it be to play the tabla for these compositions. Should try it out sometime.

Closing Song: Kandisa – Indian Ocean.
Closing Mood: Extremely hungry imagining all the christmas cookies and brownies.


About gautshen

A jack of many trades of which , Linux Kernel Programming puts food on the table. Also pursuing his PhD in the area Theoretical Computer Science at the Chennai Mathematical Institute. Is an avid reader interested in the Hindu traditions and philosophy. Loves Bicycling and Good Music. Name is Ranjal Gautham Shenoy.
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3 Responses to Maya

  1. priya says:

    indian ocean’s too awesome a band.

  2. randomwalker says:

    @priyaYeah, I now have all their songs. Dunno if you have heard “From the ruins” from “Desert Rain”. It’s simply brilliant.

  3. Abhishek Upadhya.M says:

    Hi, Abhishek here . Santoor’s music is like one of the purest sounds possible from an instrument, Pristine Purity is waht i call it. And add to that ShivKumar’s radiance when he plays it, Awesome, Just Awesome.I had the chance to attend his concert in Jaipur, You got it closer!!Great Blog, Truly random, and Bangalore insights are truly insightful ( for lack of a better word). 2 months of bus-sing is enough to knock someone out.

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