Shivoham

Shivoham

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Four years after the critical and commercial success of “Shankara” (the album is available under several pirate editions as kind of left-handed hommage!), Shivoham, fronted by sarod maestro and composer Bhargav Mistry, is back with a superb, flawless album that must be termed a masterpiece.

Biography

Bhargav Mistry received his initial training in Hindustani classical vocal music from Madhuriben Khare from 1977 onwards while studying Industrial Design at the prestigious National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad (India).

It was the Late Shri Sashikant Gundani who introduced him to the sarod in 1980 and taught him the basics. Attracted to the style of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, he went to the master in Delhi in 1991 to seek his guidance and to understand his baaj of Sarod playing; to this day, he continues to draw inspiration and enrichment from him.

He was awarded the “Gold Medal for Sarod” from Surnanda Bharati, Calcutta.

But over the last ten years he honed his skills as composer, first by composing the music for a ballet based on a play by the sanskrit poet Kalidasa. Since 2002, he regularly composes and records with Korean musicians and tours with them in Korea.

His first solo album, Shankara - six minimalistic compositions based on mystical poems of 8th century Indian philosopher Adi Shankaracharya -, is a duet with classical vocal artist Aparna Panshikar and has received both critical acclaim and commercial success.

His new album, based on the Shanti Mantras [Peace Mantras] from the Vedas, inroduces new singers – Viraj Amar, Neha Joshi and Surbhi Arya – and is a bold synthesis of the Korean and Iranian influences on his own Indian classical foundation.

Discography

Shankara (2005, Silk Road/Universal)
Shanti Mantras (2009, Silk Road/Universal)
Road To India, a collaboration with pianist Corrado Rossi (2010, Silk Road/Universal)

Set List

First part: Shankara
Second part: Shanti Mantras