Pandit Shivkumar Sharma no extra: Tributes pour in

Composer and santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is no extra. He was 84. Reportedly, he had been affected by kidney-related points for the final six months and was on dialysis. He handed away yesterday resulting from cardiac arrest, say studies. He is survived by spouse Manorama Sharma and sons Rahul and Rohit Sharma.

The veteran gave the santoor world recognition. He was one half of the composer duo Shiv-Hari and composed music with flute legend Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia for movies corresponding to Silsila (1981), Lamhe (1991) and Chandni (1989), amongst others. He was conferred with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986, Padma Shri in 1991, and Padma Vibhushan in 2001.

In an interview with HT in 2013, the late veteran spoke to us in regards to the bond he shared along with his kids – his santoor and son Rahul Sharma.

On bond with the santoor:

“My father and guru Pandit Uma Dutt Sharma introduced me to the santoor. This instrument is the medium of expressing my feelings through melody and rhythm. After playing it for six decades, it has become my companion in my musical journey. Santoor was never a part of the Indian classical genre; it was only limited to Sufi music in Kashmir. But I modified the instrument to bring it on a par with the sitar and sarod. Once, during a performance in the 1960s with Brij Bhushan Kabra in Ahmedabad, my santoor sustained a crack. But surprisingly, after I got it repaired, it sounded better than before. I’m so possessive about my santoor that I rarely allow anybody to carry it. I care for it like my own child.”

On bond with son, musician Rahul Sharma:

“Rahul and I share a duel relationship — he is my son and disciple. He was introduced to music not very early in his childhood. So initially, it was difficult for both of us to handle our relationship. It took some time for him to understand that the two bonds are very different, but now, we are quite comfortable. Since he is into fusion music as well, as a guru, I just ensure that he maintains the pure character of Indian classical music.”

Tributes pour in from the business:

Alka Yagnik

It’s a extremely unhappy day. Shivkumar ji was a world class musician. He was a superb artiste and a really gentle spoken and down-to-earth individual. I sang one tune for him in Darr (1993) referred to as Ang Se Ang Lagana. He was an intensive gentleman, who would all the time love and bless me. It’s an enormous loss to the world of music.

Anup Jalota

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma ji ka jaana sangeet jagat ke liye bahut badi haani hai. He took the santoor, a folks instrument from Jammu & Kashmir, to a worldwide stage. His work was exemplary. Unhone jo sangeet ke liye kiya, woh koi aur kar hello nahin sakta. He was an incredible musician and human being. People would see Lord Krishna’s chhavi in him. He can be really missed.


We have lost one of the crucial iconic musicians of the nation. He introduced the santoor to a terrific stage in classical music and to play so many ragas with it was magical, one thing solely he might do. He actually made the instrument sing. He and Hari ji (Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia) gave me a variety of songs in movies, together with Lamhe (1991). I used to be actually near him. I used to carry out at mehfils at his house. When we met, we might focus on about ghazals and different genres, too. He was so type that he additionally performed for a few of my ghazal albums. I can by no means repay him for what he’s finished for me. For me, it’s a personal loss.

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

The passing away of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma ji marks the tip of an period. He was the pioneer of santoor and his contribution is unparalleled. For me, it’s a personal loss and I’ll miss him no finish. May his soul relaxation in peace. His music lives on eternally. Om Shanti.

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