On Tuesday morning, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, a well-known Santoor musician and composer, died in Mumbai. Family sources confirmed to PTI that he had a heart attack. He was 84 years old.
“At 9 a.m., he had a major heart attack… He was active and scheduled to perform in Bhopal the following week. According to a family source, he was on daily dialysis but was still active. “Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma death signals the end of an era. He was the founder of Santoor and contributed. It’s a personal loss for me, and I’ll miss him much. May his spirit find eternal rest. Songs will always remember! Amjad Ali Khan, a sarod player, tweeted, “Om Shanti.”
Shiv Kumar Sharma, born in Jammu in 1938, credited as the first to perform Indian classical music on the Santoor. They also gave him the Padma Vibhushan award. He and famed flautist Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia formed the Shiv-Hari duet, which composed music for several Yash Chopra films, including Silsila, Lamhe, and Chandni.
Rahul Sharma, his son, is a well-known santoor player. In a 2016 interview with HT, Rahul stated of his father, “When dad was working on the soundtrack of Silsila (1981), they had a sitting in Yashji’s (late film-maker) residence.”
We were there as youngsters (Rahul and his older brother, Rohit). Amitabh Bachchan was a [home] favourite when I was a kid growing up in the late 1970s and 1980s. ‘Arey yahaan to poor baccha party yahoo par hai (The youngsters are having a good time here),’ he added as he stepped in. We couldn’t take our eyes off him. He talked about ‘Rang barse’ (Bachchan sang the song in Silsila). My father explained the song they enamoured to him as us with him. It is only one of the many memories I have.
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