The Elements – Water
There is a Russian proverb, “If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.” I was chasing three rabbits in 1995! I appeared for my M.S. examinations, preparing for USMLE and IAS Prelims simultaneously, and succeeded in all three. However, I could not appear for the IAS finals as the dates coincided with the M.S. examination. One factor that helped me to concentrate on different topics simultaneously was music. Specifically, I listened to classical music. I love both Indian and western classical. One best piece of music I heard was The Elements – Water by Pandit Shivakumar Sharma. The Times Music it released in 1995 in cassette form.
My penchant for Indian classical music dates back to U.G. days. I was part of the Society of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY) organization. I organized a few events by some of the top classical singers and musicians. I had a rare opportunity to listen live to some of the best classical musicians. Top of my list is Dagar brother, who sang in the Drupad genre of Hindustani classical music.
Pandit Shivakumar Sharma has composed and rendered Sarod masterpieces in this album. I fell in love with Sarod compositions with this album. Each piece in this album is aptly named Sagar Sangam, Dew Drops, Samudra Manthan, etc. If we close our eyes and listen to them, we can feel the Sagar or seas meeting in Sagar Sangam. We can feel as if the dewdrops are gently falling on us. And the gods and rakshasas churning the Samudra in Samudra Manthan. It is one of my all-time favorites. Listen to it to feel and enjoy it. Now it is freely available on youtube at this link:
Dr. Prahlada N.B