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Indian Santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Indian Santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma was born 13 January 13 January 1938 in Jammu. Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma is a well-known name in India. He is one of those several greatest classical composers whose honor and attraction has transformed the traditional fans and has committed to the more prominent preponderate of classical music in the nation and worldwide among people at big-hearted. He made a huge enrichment to worldwide as a musician.

Indian Santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma
Indian Santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

He is an Indian Santoor musician who is recognized for changing the instrument from a whopping great harmony and composite role in the Sufi music of Kashmir to solo music performance in the Hindustani classical music culture of North India.

He is a lord and master Santoor harmonist who has also served as a singer. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is also recognized for making Santoor a very successful Classical Indian music Instrument first in India than worldwide. He really began receiving santoor training when he was thirteen years old so that he could make his father’s aspiration come true. His first mentor was his father Pandit Uma Dutt Sharma who was a proficient Hindustani musician as well as a tabla performer.

Shiv Kumar was instructed as a vocalist and tabla player, and, by the time he was 12, he was working for the local radio channel in Jammu. When he was thirteen years old, his father presented him to the Santoor instrument that was well recognized in the Sufi music of the Kashmir area but different from Hindustani culture. He was stimulated by his father to changed his instrumental center to Santoor instrument, with the intention of using the instrument to perform Hindustani music. 

He gave his first-ever well known public masterpiece Santoor music performance in Mumbai in the year 1955. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma taped his first original album in the year 1960. He collaborates up with the famed flutist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia in the year 1967 to compose a thought record, named Call of the Valley. It truly became one of the most celebrated hits of Indian Classical Music.

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Ustad Zakir Hussain
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Ustad Zakir Hussain

Shivkumar Sharma has worked together with some of the most renowned artists like Padma Bhushan award recipient Indian tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain and classical flutist Padma Bhushan award winner Hariprasad Chaurasiya. He also composed music for the Bollywood film industry in Hindi movies like “Darr“, “Silsila“, “Lamhe“, etc. Some of his famous collections are Call of the Valley, Sampradaya, Elements: Water, Music of the Mountains, Megh Malhar, etc. 

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and famed flutist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasiya this duo decided very early that they could not evaluate between their music in films and the music furthest. So they left movies after the film called Darr. They also declined to work on the film by the famous director Yash Chopra the movie was called Dil To Pagal Hai.

In 1985, he was bestowed honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore, America. In 2001, he graced the beneficiary of ‘Padma Vibhusan’, award by the Government of India. In 1991, he was awarded the ‘Padma Shri’, the fourth highest civilian honor given by the Government of India. In 1986, he earned the ‘Sangeet Natak Akademi Award’, the highest Indian acknowledgment given to functioning musicians. It is bestowed by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama.