Santoor Maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Passes Away

Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma, who placed santoor on the center stage of classical music, passes away.

Utility: UPSC, JPSC, BPSC Prelims & Mains
Section: History, Art & Culture: Social reformers | Personalities in News

About Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma

  • A Padma Vibhushan recipient, Sharma was born in Jammu in 1938.
  • He is believed to be the first musician to have played Indian classical music on the santoor, a folk instrument from Jammu and Kashmir.
  • As one half of musician duo Shiv-Hari, he composed music with flute legend Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia for an array of films such as “Silsila”, “Lamhe” and “Chandni”.
  • He was awarded:
    • the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986,
    • the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award in 1991, and
    • the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award in 2001.
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