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Pandit ji’s santoor became calm

Mumbai/New Delhi, May 10 (agency)

Music composer Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, who gave Santoor worldwide recognition, died of a heart attack on Tuesday morning. He was 84 years old. Pandit Sharma was one of the well-known classical musicians of India who also composed music for films. His secretary Dinesh told that he breathed his last at around 8.30 am at his residence in Pali Hill, Mumbai. He was also suffering from kidney problems. Despite regular dialysis, he remained active. Next week he was to present a program in Bhopal. He is survived by wife Manorama and sons Rahul and Rohit.

Padma Vibhushan awardee Sharma was born in Jammu in 1938. It is believed that he was the first musician to spread the tunes of Indian classical music on the santoor. Santoor is a folk instrument from Jammu and Kashmir. Sharma’s pairing with the flute player Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia was named ‘Shiva-Hari’. The duo composed music for many films like ‘Silsila’, ‘Lamhe’ and ‘Chandni’ which were well received by the people. Shiv Kumar’s son Rahul Sharma is also a Santoor player. Shiv Kumar Sharma was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986, the Padma Shri in 1991 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.

President, Prime Minister pay tribute

Condoling the death of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, President Ram Nath Kovind said, “It is very sad to know that now his santoor has calmed down. My condolences to his family, family and fans. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, ‘Our cultural world has suffered a loss due to the demise of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma ji. … I remember the conversation I had with him. My condolences to his family and fans. om Shanti.’ Eminent sarod player Amjad Ali Khan, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, actress and BJP MP Hema Malini, Durga Jasraj, daughter of late classical singer Pandit Jasraj, Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas among many others. Tributes were paid to Pandit Shiv Kumar.

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