Rahul's 40th album!
This is Rahul's 40th album! Quite an achievement for the musician, considering that he is just 34. Besides being an established Indian classical instrumentalist, Rahul's creativity has been flowing very well through his fusion music, with each album showing off something unique. While "Sweet Romance" and "Music of the Himalayas", "Essence of India" are very melodic, "Zen", "Kashmir", "Ladakh" stand out as excellent thematic compositions. "Time Traveler" was another highlight of his career, which became a best seller in India and attracted many more young listeners to Rahul's music. Antariksh another fusion album by Rahul, very imaginative and energetic music. Excellent team work and remarkable recording quality. Most of his recent albums were also accompanied by music videos and I hope iTunes gets them too. Here is a press clip where Rahul talks about 'Antariksh': While Richard Branson, in his galactic dreams, sees tourists floating in suborbital spaceflights, santoor player Rahul Sharma (above, with father Shivkumar Sharma) is exploring space with his delicate mallets striking the dulcimer. His latest album, Antariksh, is about starbursts and constellations that were a childhood fascination. “Star Trek has always enamoured me,” says Sharma, who calls, rather grandiosely, the sound of his album as celestial trance. “The santoor is obviously there but I’ve also played the Persian santoor in this collection,” says Sharma. The seven-track album — with an electronic groove of the bass — anyway sounds different from the regular classical fusion that one hears a lot these days. This one is Sharma’s fortieth album and he is hitting a different note. “It is certainly more bizarre,” he admits. But then what drives his music, he says, is an element of mystery, concepts that are topical with a bit of futuristic appeal. There is a bit of sci-fi in all the tracks, especially in Aliens Trek, Milky Way and Chandrayan I, that is named after India’s unmanned lunar mission. Having composed for Mujhse Dosti Karoge in the past and had Lata Mangeshkar sing in his first Bollywood venture, Sharma says he wants to do things differently. “Films take up a lot of time so I’m comfortable doing one project in two years,” he says, letting on that a couple of films that he has made music for are under-production. Sharma, who has collaborated and performed with French pianist Richard Clayderman, is also ready with the second part of The Confluence, due for release early next year. But it is the six-city US tour with Ustad Zakir Hussain that he is looking forward to post the album launch. “I enjoy the variation I get in composing contemporary songs for my albums and then switching to pure classical live performances,” he says. Well there’s certainly enough space to do everything.