RnM Team    22 Sep 09 15:38 IST

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MUMBAI: Music Today, the pioneer in World music, Hindustani Classical, Sufi, and Ghazal launches – I AGE - an album which will set a precedent in the music industry  I Age is the first album which is by the audience and for the audience. So what makes the album so unique?

The album is a compilation of the very best of World music that has been chosen by a world audience and are smash hits on i-tunes, the world's most popular online music store. These are the most downloaded chartbusters on i-tunes and have become an exclusive part of listeners' choice.

About the Album

The album features artistes such as Shiv Kumar Sharma, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Zakir Hussain, Taufiq Qureshi and Bickram Ghosh who have gained popularity worldwide by making contributions to Indian classical music combining it with contemporary sounds and giving it a modern appeal.

About Artistes

Shiv Kumar Sharma - The unparalleled master of the santoor, Shiv Kumar Sharma is not just a living legend but also a personification of Indian ethos and values. Rarely a musician becomes as synonymous with his instrument (and vice versa) as Shiv Kumar Sharma. Although the santoor has long been a part of the classical repertoire in Persia and Arabia, in India it used to be heard only in the hills and valleys of Kashmir. With his prodigious talent, Shiv Kumar Sharma took the santoor beyond the confines of Jammu & Kashmir and established its status as a full-fledged classical concert instrument on the global stage. He has also scored hit soundtracks of movies like Silsila, Chandni, Lamhe and Darr with flute maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia. Shiv Kumar Sharma is the recipient of many prestigious awards and honours such as Honorary Citizenship of the City of Baltimore, USA (1985), the Sangeet Natak Academy Award (1986) and the Padmashri (1991) among others. In this album we present World Music masterpieces created by the maestro.

Hariprasad Chaurasia - Hariprasad Chaurasia is a rare combination of innovator and traditionalist. He has significantly expanded the expressive possibilities of north Indian classical flute through his masterful blowing technique. He is known for his contributions to the popularisation of Indian classical music abroad and has brought new techniques to the flute, elevating it to a new level as a concert instrument and experimenting with fusion music. His music is described as haunting, melodic,



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