Pandit Shivkumar Sharma renowned classical musician, known for his contribution in making santoor popular passed away on 10 May 2022 in Mumbai following a heart attack. He was born in Jammu in 1938. His father, Uma Dutt Sharma, was also a famous vocalist and composer.
Sharma is the recipient of Padma Bhushan in 2001 and Padma Shri in 1991. Well known for his Shaivite and Sufi tradition, Sharma also composed music for many films. He is believed to be the first person to play hindustani classical music in santoor.
The Santoor’s name comes from the Shata- tantric, meaning a Veena of hundred strings. It consists of a hollow box with twenty five bridges, each having four strings resting on it. It is played with the help of two wooden mallets known as mezrabs.
The santoor has traditionally been used in the music of the Kashmir valley as an accompaniment to Sufi music. It was brought into the classical tradition by Pt. Umadutt Sharma, who brought it into Hindustani classical traditions.
“Our cultural world is poorer with the demise of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Ji. He popularised the Santoor at a global level. His music will continue to enthral the coming generations. I fondly remember my interactions with him. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,”Shri Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India