Noted santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma passed away due to cardiac arrest in Mumbai today. Pandit Shiv Kumar was 84 years old and he was suffering from kidney related disease. He was on dialysis for the last six months. PM Modi has condoled his death.rime Minister paid tribute
PM Modi tweeted and wrote, Our cultural world has become incomplete with the demise of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma ji. He recognized and popularized the Santoor in the world. His music will continue to enchant generations to come. I remember very well my conversation with him. Condolences to his family and fans. Oh peace
Pt. Shivkumar Sharma was born on 13 January 1938 in Jammu. His father Pt. Umdutt Sharma was also a well known singer, music was in his blood. Pt Sharma’s music education started at the age of five. His father started giving him training in both Sur Sadhana and Tabla. At the age of 13, he started learning santoor. Santoor was a folk instrument of Jammu and Kashmir, the credit of getting international fame goes to Pt. Shivkumar.
In 1955, at the age of just 17, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma did his first show of Santoor playing in Mumbai. After this, he made the world aware of a new sound of music with the strings of santoor. Flute player Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia came to accompany him in classical music. The two started working together in 1967 and formed a pair under the name Shiv-Hari.
Santoor player Pt. Shivkumar Sharma and Flute player Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia were famous for their jugalbandi. In 1967, for the first time, the duo produced a classical album titled Shiv-Hari. The name of the album was ‘Call of the Valley’.
After that they did several music albums together. Yash Chopra gave the first break in films to the pair of Shiv-Hari. The music was composed by the pair of Shiv-Hari in the 1981 film Silsila. The duo composed music for a total of eight films, including four Yash Chopra films.