Santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma dies...

Santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma dies

 Entertainment Desk

 Published: 03:05 PM, 10 May 2022  

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma has passed away due to a cardiac arrest on Tuesday. He was 84. 

The renowned musician, who breathed his last in Mumbai, had been suffering from kidney-related issues for the past six months and was on dialysis. 

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

The Jammu-born musician, also a Padma Vibhushan recipient, is believed to be the first musician to have played Indian classical music on the santoor, a folk instrument from Jammu and Kashmir. 

Often remembered for his jugalbandi with Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia, he also composed music for several Bollywood films including ‘Silsila’, ‘Lamhe’ and ‘Chandni’ along with the flutist. 

Sharma was also very good friends with RD Burman, so much so, that he named his son after the music director. While Burman was composing music for the film, 'Guide' he requested that Sharma play the tabla for one of Lata Mangeshkar's number. After much insistence the maestro complied, and the song 'Chaliya Beimaan' was created. 

His son Rahul Sharma is also a santoor player.