Shivkumar Sharma

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Pandit Shivkumar Sharma
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Pandit Shivkumar Sharma after performance and Talk in First Santoor Samaroh (Santoor Concert) at Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal July 2016
Background information
Born (1938-01-13) 13 January 1938 (age 83) [1]
Jammu, British India (now Jammu and Kashmir, India)
OriginJammu, India
Genres Hindustani classical music
Occupation(s) Music composer , Musician
Instruments santoor, tabla
Years active1955–present
Associated acts Rahul Sharma (son)
Hariprasad Chaurasia

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (born 13 January 1938) is an Indian music composer and Santoor player from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. [2] [3] [4] The Santoor is a folk instrument. [1] [5]


Early life

He was born in Jammu to the singer [6] [7] Uma Dutt Sharma [8] and his mother tongue is Dogri. His father started teaching him vocals and tabla when he was just five. [7] Shivkumar started learning santoor at the age of thirteen. [7] [1] He gave his first public performance in Mumbai in 1955.


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Sharma in 1988

Shivkumar is credited with making the santoor a popular classical instrument. [5] [9] He composed the background music for one of the scenes in Shantaram's Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje [10] in 1956. He recorded his first solo album in 1960. [1]

In 1967, he teamed up with flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia and guitarist Brij Bhushan Kabra to produce a concept album, Call of the Valley (1967), which turned out to be one of Indian classical music's greatest hits. [1] [9] He has composed music for many Hindi films in collaboration with Hariprasad Chaurasia [11] starting with Silsila [10] (1980). They came to be known as the Shiv-Hari music duo. [10] Some of the movies they composed music for were big musical hits, such as Faasle (1985), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), and Darr (1993).

Personal life

Sharma married Manorama [8] [12] and has two sons. [7] His son, Rahul, [13] [14] is also a santoor player [15] [16] and they have performed together since 1996. [7] In a 1999 interview to, Shivkumar stated that he chose Rahul as his shishya because he thought he had the "gift of God". [7] and he started learning INSTUMENT at the age of 13.


Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship to Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, at the investiture ceremony of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards-2011, at Rashtrapati Bhavan Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship to Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, at the investiture ceremony of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards-2011, at Rashtrapati Bhavan.jpg
Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship to Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, at the investiture ceremony of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards-2011, at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Shivkumar is the recipient of national and international awards, including an honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore, USA, in 1985, [17] the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986, [18] the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001. [19]


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