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Journey With A Hundred Strings: My Life in Music
Journey With A Hundred Strings: My Life in Music
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From the Jacket:

This kind of musician probably comes along once in a few hundred years. - Zakir Hussain

Santoor maestro Shiv Kumar Sharma is one of India's living musical legends. Born and raised in Jammu, 'in a house where, from dawn till dusk, someone or another was singing or playing an instrument', Shiv Kumar Sharma began his musical life as a tabla player under the tutelage of his Benares-trained father. One day when he was fourteen, his father returned from Srinagar with a santoor and announced that he had found his son's true calling. The bemused boy took the instrument - traditionally used only in Kashmiri Sufiana songs - and, over the next few years, performed surgery to adapt it for Hindustani ragas. The results are musical history.

In this lucid memoir, the artist recalls his youth in tranquil Jammu and Kashmir, his lean years as an aspiring young professional in Bombay, his long, not always happy association with All India Radio, his work in the film industry, him most blissful moments on stage, his tours around the world and, most compellingly, his struggle to establish the santoor as a classical Indian instrument in the face of sceptical, sometimes dismissive critics.

Along the way, he illuminates a remarkable series of relationships and encounters: guru-shishya bonds, life-long friendship, dazzling jugalbandis and, of course, musical rivalries, good-natured and otherwise. Here are Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Allah Rakha Khan, Zakir Hussain, Brij Bhushan Kabra, George Harrison, Yash Chopra, Lata Mangeshkar and a host of household names - doing riyaaz, recording LPs, discussing style and technique, gathering at All India festivals and cooking for each other at the end of a long day.

The life chronicled here is rich in professional achievement, personal companionship and pure, solitary artistry. 'I am here,' says Shiv Kumar Sharma, 'with a mission: to reach out and touch the hearts of people with my music. And I shall do my duty as best I can.'

A Calcutta native now based in Delhi, Ina Puri is a producer, publicist and curator for musicians and artists throughout India.

CONTENTS

Preface

ix
PART I: SIREN SONGS
1.Jammu3
2.Finding the World13
3.Choices27
4.Ascent

35
PART II: ON THE DAIS
5.Santoor: The Instrument51
6.Jugalbandis62
7.The Table and My Accompanists

70
PART III: SPREADING MY WINGS
8.Manorama85
9.Leaning on Bollywood88
10.Back on the Classical Road95
11.Home and Away99
12.Notes across the Border

109
PART IV: IN THE STUDIO
13.The Musical Pen119
14.Recording a Legacy125
15.The Director's Chair

129
PART V: SHARING THE TRADITION
16.Becoming a Guru135
17.Like Father, Like Son141
18.On the Road in the '80s

146
PART VI: BEYOND THE METROPOLIS
19.Music and Spirituality155
20.The Sangeet Research Academy169
21.SPICMACAY

176
PART VII: LOOKING FORWARD
22.The State of the Indian Arts: The Art and the Indian State183
23.Shanti186

Journey With A Hundred Strings: My Life in Music

Item Code:
IDE564
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
2002
Publisher:
Penguin Books
ISBN:
0670049336
Size:
8.7" X 5.7"
Pages:
206 (B & W Illus: 29)
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From the Jacket:

This kind of musician probably comes along once in a few hundred years. - Zakir Hussain

Santoor maestro Shiv Kumar Sharma is one of India's living musical legends. Born and raised in Jammu, 'in a house where, from dawn till dusk, someone or another was singing or playing an instrument', Shiv Kumar Sharma began his musical life as a tabla player under the tutelage of his Benares-trained father. One day when he was fourteen, his father returned from Srinagar with a santoor and announced that he had found his son's true calling. The bemused boy took the instrument - traditionally used only in Kashmiri Sufiana songs - and, over the next few years, performed surgery to adapt it for Hindustani ragas. The results are musical history.

In this lucid memoir, the artist recalls his youth in tranquil Jammu and Kashmir, his lean years as an aspiring young professional in Bombay, his long, not always happy association with All India Radio, his work in the film industry, him most blissful moments on stage, his tours around the world and, most compellingly, his struggle to establish the santoor as a classical Indian instrument in the face of sceptical, sometimes dismissive critics.

Along the way, he illuminates a remarkable series of relationships and encounters: guru-shishya bonds, life-long friendship, dazzling jugalbandis and, of course, musical rivalries, good-natured and otherwise. Here are Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Allah Rakha Khan, Zakir Hussain, Brij Bhushan Kabra, George Harrison, Yash Chopra, Lata Mangeshkar and a host of household names - doing riyaaz, recording LPs, discussing style and technique, gathering at All India festivals and cooking for each other at the end of a long day.

The life chronicled here is rich in professional achievement, personal companionship and pure, solitary artistry. 'I am here,' says Shiv Kumar Sharma, 'with a mission: to reach out and touch the hearts of people with my music. And I shall do my duty as best I can.'

A Calcutta native now based in Delhi, Ina Puri is a producer, publicist and curator for musicians and artists throughout India.

CONTENTS

Preface

ix
PART I: SIREN SONGS
1.Jammu3
2.Finding the World13
3.Choices27
4.Ascent

35
PART II: ON THE DAIS
5.Santoor: The Instrument51
6.Jugalbandis62
7.The Table and My Accompanists

70
PART III: SPREADING MY WINGS
8.Manorama85
9.Leaning on Bollywood88
10.Back on the Classical Road95
11.Home and Away99
12.Notes across the Border

109
PART IV: IN THE STUDIO
13.The Musical Pen119
14.Recording a Legacy125
15.The Director's Chair

129
PART V: SHARING THE TRADITION
16.Becoming a Guru135
17.Like Father, Like Son141
18.On the Road in the '80s

146
PART VI: BEYOND THE METROPOLIS
19.Music and Spirituality155
20.The Sangeet Research Academy169
21.SPICMACAY

176
PART VII: LOOKING FORWARD
22.The State of the Indian Arts: The Art and the Indian State183
23.Shanti186

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