Raga Yaman

Shivkumar Sharma

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Raga Yaman Review

by Ken Hunt

Shivkumar Sharma, accompanied by Zakir Hussain on tabla, is captured on this recording at one of Stuttgart's Indian Nights concerts in 1988. This particular raga is a popular beginner's piece. This is not to belittle it. It is commonly chosen for that purpose because it offers a range of options for interpreting its shape and color that can absorb the mind for a lifetime. Shivkumar Sharma's rendition -- subtitled ‘A Concerto in Raga Yaman' -- is proof of its nourishing qualities.