Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, an Indian music composer and well-known santoor player, died on May 10 in Mumbai. He died as a result of heart arrest at 84 years old. For the previous six months, he had been suffering from kidney damage and was on dialysis.
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma gave the santoor, a little-known instrument from Jammu and Kashmir, classical status, alongside more traditional and well-known instruments such as the sitar and sarod. He created music for a lot of films with renowned flute musician Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia and the two became known as the Shiv-Hari music duo. He has worked on films like Silsila (1981), Darr (1993), and Chandni (1989). He was awarded the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan in 1991 and 2001, respectively.
Lata Mangeshkar and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Viral Video:
A video of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma with the late Lata Mangeshkar and Hariprasad Chaurasia went viral on social media after news of his demise broke. The icons can be seen in the video rehearsing the song’s melody and lyrics in a recording studio.
The 50-second video shows the legends practising the popular single Morni Baaga Ma Bole from the 1991 film Lamhe, which starred the late Sridevi. The Shiv-Hari duo composed the song, which is one of their most popular works. Anand Bakshi wrote the lyrics for the song.
The Prime Minister addressed the public via Twitter today on the loss of a popular santoor player. He wrote on Twitter, “Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Ji’s demise has made our cultural world a poorer one. He made the Santoor famous all over the world. Generations to come will be enthralled by his music. I have wonderful memories of our interactions. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Shanti Om.”
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma’s state funeral has been announced by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. His funeral will be held with full state honours at Pawan Hans tomorrow afternoon at about 3 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors will be able to pay their respects and meet Sharma for the last time at his son’s home in Juhu.
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