Santoor maestro Shivkumar Sharma dies aged 84


Santoor music maestro and composer, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, died after cardiac arrest at the age of 84 in Mumbai on Tuesday, May 10. He had suffered from kidney disease for six months and was on dialysis.

The Jammu-born musician who elevated the santoor, once a little-known musical instrument of Jammu and Kashmir, to its current exalted global status, will also be remembered for the music he composed with the legend of the flute, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, for films such as ‘Silsila’, ‘Lamhe’, ‘Chandni’ and ‘Darr’.

He is survived by his wife Manorama and two sons, one of whom, Rahul Sharma, is also an accomplished santoor player.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has mourned the death of santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma.

“Our cultural world has become impoverished with the passing of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Ji,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

“He popularized the santour globally. His music will continue to fascinate generations to come. I fondly remember my interactions with him. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

President Ram Nath Kovind said he was sad to learn of the passing of santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and offered his condolences to his family, friends and countless fans.

“Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma’s recitals would leave connoisseurs of Indian classical music spellbound. He popularized the Santoor, the traditional musical instrument of J&K. Sad to hear that his Santoor is now silenced. Condolences to his family, friends and countless fans all over the world,” Kovind tweeted. .

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has expressed his anguish over the demise of santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, saying he had helped bring the musical instrument to center stage in classical music.

His death is a huge loss to the music world, Naidu said.

“My sincere condolences to his bereaved family members and his many admirers,” tweeted the Vice President’s Secretariat, quoting Naidu.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that the maestro’s death has impoverished our cultural world.

She said, “Sad to hear of the passing of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, a prominent Santoor player and internationally acclaimed composer of Indian music. His passing impoverishes our cultural world. My deepest condolences.”

Odisha CM Naveen patnaik has expressed his condolences over the passing of the prominent Santoor player.

He said: “Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the Maestro of Santoor. He has made an unprecedented contribution to the popularization of Santoor and his passing has left a huge void in the world of music. My thoughts and prayers for the deceased soul. Om Shanti.”

Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas wrote, “We lost a gem today. Padma Vibhushan Shri Shiv Kumar Sharma ji Santoor virtuoso. A great loss to Indian classical music. May his soul rest in eternal peace Om Shanti.”

Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan said the passing of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma marked the end of an era.

“He was the pioneer of santoor and his contribution is unparalleled,” tweeted the ustad.

“For me this is a personal loss and I will miss him endlessly. May his soul rest in peace. His music lives forever! Om Shanti,” he tweeted.

(IANS input)


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