Mother Goddess or matrika. Granite, Tamil Nadu 10th century

In 1967, Hari Prasad Chaurasia, the flutist and Shivkumar Sharma, theSantoor player created the"The Call of The Valley", the first thematic recording in Indian classicalmusic. It remains one of the greatest hits to date. It was about a boy anda girl who belong to the Kashmir Valley - a romantic musical interlude set in the serenity and the beauty that pervaded these Himalayan valleys. It began with the music evoking the calmness and the gentleness of thepre-dawn hours, the first rays setting the mountain peaks aglow, and the valley gradually filling with light, the heat of the noon and the cool of the evening and the waters of the Kashmiri lake dancing with stars.

Almost thirty years later, Shivkumar and Hariprasad have revisited their valley of the yester years. They recognise the change in the last thirty years that has overtaken their nostalgic vale. The innocence is lost, the peace of mind and harmony between peoples has disappeared.

Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia played together this week at the Royal Festival Hall in London which was a soldout concert. In the first half, they played Anadi, the beginning and in the second half of the concert, they played anant, the limitless imporvisation. It was anuplifting evening indeed.

Recordings of these and other concerts are published by Navras on CDs which are now available in London by post.