Shiv Kumar Sharma popularized the Santoor at a world level and composed music with Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia for many films.
Shiv Kumar Sharma (13 January 1938 – 10 May 2022) was a world-famous santoor player and was born in Jammu. His father (Uma Dutt Sharma) was a singer and firstly, his father taught him vocals and tabla at the age of 5 years. He started learning table at just 13 years therefore he was a very brilliant student. Santoor was a folk instrument but Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma made it a popular classical instrument and played santoor along with tabla. He team up with Hariprasad Chaurasia and started the first film ‘Silsila”. He composed music for films, which were super hits music in films like “Faasle”, “Chandni” and “Lamhe” etc. Pandit Sharma won many awards some of them are the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986, the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001. World-famous Santoor player and Indian music composer passed away on 10th May 2022 at the age of 84. He is suffering from kindey-related issues for the past some months and breathed his last in Mumbai and died due to heart attack. He was on dialysis during his last days.
What People are saying about him
PM Modi condolence him and said “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 enthrall the coming generations. I fondly remember my interactions with him. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti”.
Rahul Gandhi condolences to his family and legion of admirers and said “Sad to hear about the passing of Padma Vibhushan Pt. Sharma. In him, music has lost a maestro who helped popularise the Santoor world over. My heartfelt condolences to his family and legion of admirers”.
Mamata Banerjee also give him condolences and said “Sad to know about the demise of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, eminent Santoor player, and internationally celebrated Indian music composer. His departure impoverishes our cultural world. My deepest condolences”.