Maya – The Illusion (Sony)
Rahul Sharma, son and musical disciple of santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, has a number of fusion albums to his credit, including Samandar and Time Traveller. The title track of this album Maya: The Illusion really stands out, especially the soaring vocals by Sunidhi Chauhan (of “Dil Mein Jaagi Dhadkan” fame from the Sur soundtrack).
The rest of the tracks make for an easy listen, and carry on the trademark Indo-Western fusion touch of his other albums. Rahul has performed in North America and Europe, at various folk and world music festivals, including WOMAD.
Author: Madanmohan Rao
Madanmohan Rao is an author and media consultant from Bangalore, and global correspondent for world music and jazz for World Music Central and Jazzuality. He has written over 15 books on media, management and culture, and is research director for YourStory Media. Madan was formerly World Music Editor at Rave magazine and RJ at WorldSpace, and can be followed on Twitter at @MadanRao.