MUMBAI CALLING

A santoor wizard and the world’s greatest tabla master team up

At age 13, Shivkumar Sharma’s father, the singer Uma Dutt Sharma, decided that his son should become the first musician to perform Hindustani (North Indian) classical music on the santoor, a hundred-stringed hammered dulcimer played with a pair of light walnut-wood mallets. Sharma’s brilliance on the instrument—he translated his vocal and tabla training into lightning-fast runs, liquid glissandi, and an emotional melodiousness—made 1967’s divine Call of the Valley one of the highest-selling Indian albums to date and landed him a session on George Harrison’s Wonderwall soundtrack. Now 75, Sharma has been collaborating with peerless tabla master Zakir Hussain since 1966, and their infrequent local appearances are don’t-miss events of virtually guaranteed musical transcendence for 
appreciative East Coast raga cognoscenti.
Sat., March 30, 8 p.m., 2013

 
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