yes, both of these albums are in print. and no, you are right, I don't give much in terms of a damn. the reason is that these belong in the category of things that are so amazing that everyone should have access to it, regardless of pedestrian monetary concerns.
this might sound super naive... but seriously. forgive my lapse into childish reverie: It's hard to believe that there can be so much selfishness, greed and cruelty in the world when such exquisite beauty is possible. when knowing that members of our species, humans just like you or me or Dick Cheney, are capable of reaching such elevated states of loveliness, why would anyone choose to exist in any other way? how can anyone do anything other than strive for the kind of bliss and ecstasy glimpsed in art such as this? much less choose to be hurtful, deceitful and heartless.
I realize that the above is an extremely simplistic train of thought, and a one dimensional logic which fails to take into account so many other dimensions of reality... but it is early Saturday morning and I haven't yet gone to sleep, indulge me.
the first of these is solo santoor and the other with master tabla player Zakir Hussain.
I'm not going to try to describe or say anything else about the music.
here are some good links which will satisfy curiosities and answer some questions for the uninitiated:
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma - Raga Bhimpalasi (Sixtieth Birthday Release)
Shivkumar Sharma and Zakir Hussain - Rag Madhuvanti and Rag Misra Tilang