Santoor legend Shivkumar Sharma passed away at the age of 84 earlier on Tuesday, May 10. The santoor maestro was in Mumbai when he took his last breath. While an official word from his family remains unreleased, reports state that he was suffering from kidney-related issues for the last few months and had been put on dialysis. On Tuesday, May 10, the 84-year-old Padma Shri recipient passed away due to cardiac arrest.

Following his demise, netizens – common and influential – took to Twitter and mourned the loss. Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that the “culturual world” is now poorer because of Shivkumar Sharma’s demise. “Our cultural world is poorer with the demise of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Ji. He popularized the Santoor at a global level. His music will continue to enthrall the coming generations. I fondly remember my interactions with him. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” PM Modi tweeted.

Shivkumar Sharma has been credited for taking santoor on a global level and making it a popular classical instrument. For his immense contribution, he was felicitated by the Indian government twice, once with Padma Shri and once with Padma Vibhushan.

The Facts of the Matter

On May 10, the Indian music diaspora got a little poorer with the demise of santoor legend Shivkumar Sharma. The man, known for making santoor a mainstream classical instrument, was 84 and took his last breath in Mumbai on May 10.

An official announcement about the cause of demise and funeral arrangements is still unreleased from his family or team. However, according to an Indian Express report, Mr. Sharma had been ailing with kidney related issues for the last six months.

Further, he was also put on dialysis. Reports from media are currently stating that Mr. Sharma passed away due to cardiac arrest.


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PM Modi Condoles Death of Shivkumar Sharma

Following his demise, Twitter was flooded with tribute messages from his fans and other highly influential persons. This include PM Narendra Modi who tweeted saying, “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.”


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Twitter Flooded with Tribute Messages for Shivkumar Sharma

Other prominent netizens also broke ranks to condole the death of the santoor maestro.

“Music is not for entertainment”: Shivkumar Sharma

About sixty years ago, Santoor was not known all too well outside the scenic valleys of Kashmir. However, after Shivkumar Sharma put his fingers on the instrument, it wasn’t long that he and santoor became synonymous to each other. “According to me, music is not for entertainment. It is the generating force behind the life. The study of Indian classical music is a meditation. It is our heritage. The new generation should strive to preserve it,” he was once quoted saying in an interview.


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The Life and Times of Shivkumar Sharma (1938-2022)

Shivkumar Sharma was born on January 13, 1938 in Jammu and was introduced to the instrument by his father and guru Pandit Uma Dutt Sharma. Over the course of his training, he learnt tabla and also learnt vocals before he chose to give his complete focus to santoor.

In his illustrious career, he ended up collaborating with music maestros from different fields, including Zakir Hussain, Hariprasad Chaurasiya and more. He wasn’t only limited to collaborating and churning out his own albums. He also went on to compose for films such as Darr, Silsila, Lamhe, etc.

For his contribution, he received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the Padma Shri award, and the Padma Vibhushan award. His album Call of the Valley received a Platinum Disc and his work for Silsila, Faasle and Chaandni gave him Platinum and Gold Discs respectively.

 

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