Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma passed away

Santoor maestro passes away
Santoor maestro passes away

Santoor maestro passes away, suffers cardiac arrest

Shiv Kumar Sharma, Indian music composer and Santoor maestro passes away. He passed away in Mumbai at 84. Since the last few months, he was suffering from kidney problems and was undergoing dialysis. He passed away a few hours before due to cardiac arrest. Leading dailies reported the passing away of the legend. Also political leaders have passed their sorrow over the loss of the maestro.

Mid Day reports the demise of the Shiv Kumar Sharma
Political leaders pass their condolences

Date and Place of Birth

Born on 13 January 1938 in Jammu & Kashmir, the Santoor maestro started learning vocals and Tabla at age of five years. He started learning Santoor at age 13.

Shiv popularized Santoor, Sitar, Sarod and other traditional instruments

Sharma raised Santoor to a classical status and elevated it along with traditional and famous instruments like Sitar and sarod. Along with Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia he formed a pair who composed music for hit movies like Silsila, Lamhe and Chandni As one half of Shiv-Hari, he composed music with flute legend Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia for an array of films such as Silsila, Lamhe and Chandni among others.

Santoor maestro passes away leaves behind a legacy

Awards and Honors

Although the maestro has passed away, his art continues to live on. He received many National and International awards. and HonoursShivkumar Sharma is the recipient of national and international awards.

  1. Honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore, USA(1985) 
  2. Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1986)
  3. Padma Shri(1991)
  4. Padma Vibhushan (2001)
  5. Platinum Disc for Call of the Valley
  6. Platinum Disc for Silsila
  7. Gold Disc for Faasle
  8. Platinum Disc for Chandni
  9. Pandit Chatur Lal Excellence Award 2015

Shiv Kumar was to perform in a Bhopal on May 15th

He along with Hariprasad Chaurasia were to give a Jugalbandi performance in Bhopal under ‘Mahima Samaroh’.