It is said that god balances good and bad in every person.Right now, I have made it clear in my mind that this rule also applies to institutes in general. Otherwise, why should heavenly feet of Pt. Shivkumar Sharma touch CoEP? I know, he came just to balance the negative aura of dirty and rude professors. Let it be.
Three years ago, this institute had given me opportunity to experience the presence of Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. Now, when I had just passed out, it gave me opportunity to experience one of the best concerts in my life.
Pt. Shivkumar Sharma is not only a musician but also a mystic. He does not play Raga to entertain people. Pt. Shivkumar Sharma has devoted every stroke of his Santoor for up lifting the human consciousness. His every stroke of Mallet adds a bit to the meditation.
The personality of Pt. Shivkumar Sharma itself shows that he is beyond personality. One can feel the presence of divine through his every movement, through his every glance. When Pt. Shivkumar Sharma arrived, his brilliant personality made everyone silent. His appearance was like moon in the sky; mild yet very charmful.
When he had taken his Santoor in his lap, he got absorbed in some different world. Very carefully he was again and again checking fine tuning of each and every note. Pt. Shivlumar Sharma , was now a totally different person; absorbed in the divine vibrations of music.
He played Raga Yaman. I was fortunate to sit on the stage itself, a few feet away from him. For a long time, I was feeling like I am sitting in presence of a saint. His eyes, his hands, his Santoor, those divine notes….everything was out of this world.
Pt. Shivkumar Sharma also spoke a lot to children, students, media. I will cover it in the later posts.