Santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma passes away at 84

New Delhi: 

Veteran santoor player and music composer Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma died here on Tuesday morning following a heart attack, family sources said. He was 84. Sharma, one of India’s most well known classical musicians, was due to perform in Bhopal next week. He was suffering from kidney related ailments.

“He had a severe heart attack at around 9 am. He was active and was to perform in Bhopal the next week. He was on regular dialysis but was still active,” the family source told PTI.

“The passing away of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharmaji marks the end of an era. He was the pioneer of Santoor and his contribution is unparalleled. For me, it’s a personal loss and I will miss him no end. May his soul rest in peace. His music lives on forever! Om Shanti,” sarod player Amjad Ali Khan tweeted.

A Padma Vibhushan recipient, Shivkumar Sharma was born in Jammu in 1938. He is touted as the first musician to have played Indian classical music on the santoor, a folk instrument from Jammu and Kashmir.

Shiv Kumar Sharma is survived by his son Rahul Sharma who is also a santoor  player. 


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