Who was Shiv Kumar Sharma?
Pandit Shiv kumar Sharma was an Indian composer and santoor player from Jammu. He was born on (13 January 1938 and died on 10 May 2022. He was the man who made Santoor become an instrument for Indian classical through his internationally recognized playing style.
Shiv Kumar Sharma dies at 84, Cause Of Death
Santoor virtuoso Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma, who took the stringed instrument to the global stage and successfully straddled the worlds of classical and film music, died here on Tuesday following a heart attack. He was 84.
Sharma, one of India’s most well known classical musicians, died between 8 and 8.30 am at his Pali Hill residence here, his secretary Dinesh told PTI.
“He had a severe heart attack in the morning… He was active and was to perform in Bhopal next week. He was on regular dialysis but was still was active,” a family source said.
He is survived by his wife Manorama and sons Rahul, also a santoor player, and Rohit.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among those who condoled Sharma’s death.
“Our cultural world is poorer with the demise of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Ji. He popularised the Santoor at a global level. His music will continue to enthral the coming generations. I fondly remember my interactions with him. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” the prime minister said.
Shiv Kumar Sharma Biography, Wiki
Shivkumar Sharma was born in Jammu to the singer Uma Dutt Sharma, and his mother tongue was Dogri. His father started teaching him vocals and tabla, when he was just five. Shivkumar started learning santoor at the age of thirteen and gave his first public performance in Mumbai in 1955.
Shiv Kumar Sharma’s Wife, Children, Personal life
Shiv Kumar Sharma married Manorama and has two sons. His son Rahul, who started learning at the age of 13, is also a santoor player, and they have performed together since 1996. In a 1999 interview, Shivkumar stated that he chose Rahul as his shishya, because he thought he had the “gift of God”.
Shiv Kumar Sharma Career, Achievements
Shivkumar Sharma is credited with making the santoor a popular classical instrument. He composed the background music for one of the scenes in Shantaram’s film Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje in 1956. He recorded his first solo album in 1960.
Not many people know that he has played tabla in the very popular song ‘Mo se chal Kiye jaaye’ sung by Lata Mangeshkar in the 1965 movie Guide, on the insistance of RD Burman.
In 1967, he teamed up with flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia and guitarist Brij Bhushan Kabra to produce a concept album, Call of the Valley (1967), which turned out to be one of Indian classical music’s greatest hits. Further, he composed music for many Hindi films in collaboration with Hariprasad Chaurasia, starting with Silsila in 1980. They came to be known as the Shiv-Hari music duo. Some of the movies they composed music for were musical hits, such as Faasle (1985), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), and Darr (1993).
Awards Received By Shivkumar Sharma
Shivkumar Sharma is the recipient of national and international awards, including an honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore, USA, in 1985, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986, the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.
- Platinum Disc for Call of the Valley
- Platinum Disc for music of film Silsila
- Gold Disc for music of film Faasle
- Platinum Disc for music of film Chandni
- Pandit Chatur Lal Excellence Award – 2015
Shiv Kumar Sharma Wiki, Bio, Age, Family, Personal Details
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