“Raga Reflections” is a series of Classical Music by some of the best known artistes. A ‘Raga’ is the backbone of Indian Classical Music. Each Raga has a definite shade thus differentiating one from the other. The variety of Ragas in existence are proof of the richness of Indian Classical Music
The age-old Guru-Shishya Parampara is legacy that holds a prime position in Indian Classical Music. The traditional ‘Gurumukh’ or oral translation left upon the student an indelible impression of the Guru’s style and presentation. The Guru’s teachings coupled with the disciple’s ‘Riyaaz’ and deep pondering over the Raga’s intricacies, enabled the students in turn to add their own perspective thus personalizing the Raga, with the permissible boundaries of elaboration.
Spontaneity and Improvisation are the two main factors highlighting the artiste’s caliber during a Raga presentation. That one moment of magic during a concert or a live recording, is a true reflection of the artiste’s years of effort. Every performance is like a new lease of life and no two presentations even by the same artiste are identical. The artiste’s personality, state of mind and even the kind of audience is reflected in the performance thus leaving space for the ‘Unknown’ or ‘Surprise’ element in a classical music performance.
‘Raga Reflections’ is a unique album of the artiste’s contribution to a particular Raga, a ‘Reflection’ of the teachings and learnings, thus immortalizing the Guru-Shishya Parampara!
Pt. Rattan Mohan Sharma has been blessed with a legacy. He belongs to the illustrious Mewati Gharana and hails from a family which has given to the world, legends like Pandit Motiramji, Pandit Maniramji, Pandit Prataparayanji and Pandit Jasrajji. He is himself the nephew and disciple of Pandit Jasraj. With a strong hold over all forms of classical music such as Khayal, Tarana, Dhrupad and Haveli sangeet, Rattan is equally proficient in the light classical forms like Bhajan, Tappa and Rajasthani folk music. Rattan’s musical prowess shines through brightly in his extended avataars as a music director and composer for a number of television serials and private albums. His live concerts are much acclaimed both in India and abroad. His musical albums in the classical and spiritual genres are a testimony to his versatility. Some of his popular albums are Dharohar, Jasrangi, Gharana, Vastu, Gayatri, Gayatri Aradhana, Satya Narayan Katha, Shri Ram, Maha Mrityunjay, Shiv Mahima, Mere Bhagwan series, Astachhap Haveli Sangeet, Saptvaar Brat Katha, Shree Durga Saptashati, etc.
Rattan Mohan Sharma is a recognized A-Grade artist of All India Radio.
His pioneering efforts with the Gayatri Mantra, Gayatri Aradhana and Maha Mrityunjay Mantra have helped in reviving the mass appeal for Sanskrit in the day to day life of the common man, beside spreading their divine message globally.
Various awards and achievements have been bestowed upon Rattan. Some of the prestigious ones being, the Shankar Rao Vyas award, Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj rotating trophy, Mewati Gharana Gaurav Puraska, Sur Ratna award, Sur Mani award, besides many others.
The album opens with a morning melody in Raga Gujri Todi with Khayals in Vilambit and Drut Ektaal respectively. This is followed by a Khayal in Raga Malkauns, a popular raga and is set to Vilambit Ektaal and Drut Teentaal. The concluding Tarana in Raga Malkauns set to Teentaal is a befitting closure to this high energy album.
The recordings presented in this album are from 1995 are being released by Saregama for the first time in CD format.