Sangeet Natak Akademi Award winner and Padma Vibhushan, Pt Shivkumar Sharma is credited to giving santoor a classical standing among the many ranks of sitar and sarod. He was additionally the primary musician to deliver the santoor to Indian cinema.
He handed away right this moment on the age of 84 attributable to a cardiac arrest. Tributes have began pouring in for the legendary musician, with the Prime Minister and President paying their respects.
Our cultural world is poorer with the demise of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Ji. He popularized the santoor at a world stage. His music will proceed to entral the approaching generations. I fondly bear in mind my interactions with him. Condolences to his household and admirers. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) Could 10, 2022
Born in Jammu in 1938, Sharma started studying santoor on the age of 13 when it was a 100-stringed instrument performed solely in Jammu and Kashmir people music. He was following the legacy of his father Pt Uma Dutt Sharma, a well-known vocalist and tabla participant of J&Okay. But it surely was the tabla that Sharma began his musical coaching with on the age of 5.
Sharma performed in entrance of an viewers for the primary time in 1955 in Haridas Sangeet Sammelan, Mumbai. However quickly after, Sharma was known as again to Jammu by his father who wished him to take up a job provided within the Jammu and Srinagar Radio. Nonetheless, Sharma wished to discover music past the confines of a authorities job, and got here to Mumbai with INR 500 and his santoor. In an interview with DNA India, Sharma stated, “I bear in mind going round in search of work. There have been days after I had solely an anna in my pocket and nothing to eat. I would play the tabla to accompany others. Concert events had been onerous to return by due to the detrimental criticism of the santoor. The odd movie assignments helped maintain me.”
In 1981, legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra provided Sharma and flutist Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia, lovingly known as the Shiv-Hari duo, to make the music of Silsila. Within the followimng decade, they went on to work on the music for Faasle, Vijay, Chandni, Lamhe, Sahibaan and Darr,
He was conferred with the distinguished Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1986, and with the Padma Shri in 1991. He was additionally awarded the Padma Vibhuhan in 2001. Sharma has performed earlier than the Home of Lords within the UK and the Queen of the Netherlands and likewise has been conferred honorary citizenship of the US metropolis of Baltimore for his contribution to music.
Within the DNA India interview, Sharma additionally stated that he stopped making music for movies as a result of “Movie music relies upon a terrific deal on a filmmaker’s style and ideas. Immediately’s movie music is closely influenced by Western beats and has extra noise than melody. That is the issue. We’re such nice imitators of even mediocrity. So that you see even when we had the time, which we clearly do not, the place’re the proper of administrators to work with?”
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