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Kashi's tabla meets Kashmiri Santoor on banks of Ganga

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Varanasi, Nov 22 (UNI) The resonance of Kashi's tabla melded with the serenity of Kashmiri Santoor, as two icons of Indian classical music -- Pandit Kishan Maharaj and Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma -- blended their musical prowess on the first evening of the three-day Ganga Mahotsava at the Rajendra Prasad Ghat here yesterday.

''It will not be a battle between the silken strums of my Santoor and resonance of Pandit Kishan Maharaj's tabla, but the amalgam of 'sur and lai' which has been the hallmark of Indian classical music,'' 68-year-old Santoor maestro from Jammu Shiv Kumar Sharma said before indulging in the 'jugalbandi' with the octagenerian tabla virtuoso from Varanasi.

The two stalwarts of classical music were joined on the stage, by Shubh, the young grandson of Pandit Kishan Maharaj, also on the tabla. ''Shubh will be my musical heir after I have announced my retirement,'' the Padma Vibhushan master musician said.

Earlier, interacting with mediapersons, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, who alongwith reknowned flautist Hari Prasad Chaurasiya, has provided music in seven Yash Chopra directed films under Shiv-Hari, said ''the 13 year long break from film music will only be over when both of us find time from fulfilling our classical music obligations.'' ''Returning to film music cannot be ruled out. But, crafting melody for the silver screen will only be possible if both me and Hari Prasadji find time out from busy classical music calendar,'' he maintained.

The Shiv-Hari duo gave hit music for Yash Chopra directed Silsila (1981), Faasle (1985), Vijay (1988), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), Parampara (1992) and Darr (1993).

The master musician, whose name has become synonymous to Santoor, when asked about his Santoor exponent son Rahul Sharma, said he has not compromised on classical music for dabbling in fusion with Bengali percussionist Bickram Ghosh.

''The first of his two albums, Maya and Ladhakh - Search for Buddha are out and out classical music offerings, while his team up with Bickram for interface is based on fusion of classical and pop sounds,'' he observed.

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