Shivkumar Sharma Biography: Birth, Age, Family, Career, Awards and Death of famous Santoor Maestro

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma succumbed to cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning at his Pali Hills residence in Mumbai. At this sad event, we look at his life.
Shivkumar Sharma Biography: Birth, Age, Family, Career, Awards and Death of famous Santoor Maestro
Shivkumar Sharma Biography: Birth, Age, Family, Career, Awards and Death of famous Santoor Maestro

Shivkumar Sharma Biography: Santoor Maestro Shivkumar Sharma succumbed to cardiac arrest in the early hours of Tuesday at his Pali Hill residence in Mumbai. He was 84. He is survived by his wife and children. 

Who was Shivkumar Sharma?

Birth 13 January 1938
Age 84 years
Father Uma Dutt Sharma
Occupation Musician
Instruments

Santoor

Tabla

Wife Manorama
Children

Rahul Sharma

Rohit Sharma

Death 10 May 2022

Shivkumar Sharma Biography: Birth, Age and Education

Shivkumar Sharma was born in a family of singers. His father Uma Dutt Sharma was a singer. He taught him vocals and tabla at the age of five. 

At the age of thirteen, Sharma started learning santoor - an instrument he later mastered in. He gave his first performance in Mumbai in 1955. 

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Shivkumar Sharma: Wife and Children

Shivkumar Sharma was married to Manorama. The couple gave birth to two children-- Rahul and Rohit. 

His son Rahul began learning Santoor at the age of 13. The father-son duo have given several performances together since 1996. In an interview in 1999, Shivkumar revealed that he chose Rahul as his Shishya because he believed he had the gift of God. 

Shivkumar Sharma Career

Shivkumar Sharma who is accredited for taking the stringed instrument to the global stage started his career in 1955. A year later, he composed the background music for one of the scenes in Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje. He recorded his first solo album in 1960. 

He collaborated with flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia and guitarist Brij Bhushan Kabra for the concept album Call of the Valley in 1967. The album is one of the greatest hits in Indian classical music. 

He teamed up with flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia and composed music for many Hindi films since the 1980s. The duo soon came to be known as the Shiv-Hari duo. Some of their musical hits are the films Faasle, Chandni, Lamhe, and Darr. 

Shivkumar Sharma Albums

Year

Title

1964

Santoor & Guitar with Brij Bhushan Kabra

1967

Shivkumar Sharma (re-released in 2005 as "First LP Record of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma"

1967

Call of the Valley with Brij Bhushan Kabra and Hariprasad Chaurasia

1982

When Time Stood Still! With Zakir Hussain

1987

Rag Madhuvanti & Rag Misra Tilang with Zakir Hussain

1988

Hypnotic Santoor

1991

Maestro's Choice, Series One

A Sublime Trance

The Glory of Strings

Raga Purya Kalyan with Zakir Hussain

1993

Rag Rageshri with Zakir Hussain

Raga Bhopali vol I

Raga Kedari vol II

Varshā – A Homage to the Rain Gods

1994

Sound Scapes, Music of the Mountains

Hundred Strings of Santoor

The Pioneer of Santoor

Raag Bilaskhani Todi

A Morning Raga Gurjari Todi

Feelings

1996

The Valley Recalls - In Search of Peace, Love & Harmony with Hariprasad Chaurasia

The Valley Recalls - Raga Bhoopali with Hariprasad Chaurasia

Yugal Bandi with Hariprasad Chaurasia

1999

Maestro's Choice, Series Two

Sampradaya

Rasdhara with Hariprasad Chaurasia

2001

Saturday Night in Bombay – Remember Shakti with John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, and many others musicians. Composed Shringar

2002

Ananda Bliss with Zakir Hussain

The Flow of Time with Zakir Hussain

Sangeet Sartaj

2003

Vibrant Music for Reiki

2004

Sympatico (Charukeshi – Santoor)

2004

The Inner Path (Kirvani – Santoor

2007

Essential Evening Chants with Hariprasad Chaurasia

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Shivkumar Sharma Awards

1- Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986
2- Padma Shri in 1991
3- Padma Vibhushan in 2001
4- Platinum Disc for Call of the Valley
5- Platinum Disc for the music of the film Silsila
6- Gold Disc for the music of the film Faasle
7- Platinum Disc for the music of the film Chandni
8- Pandit Chatur Lal Excellence Award - 2015

Shivkumar Sharma Death

Shivkumar Sharma succumbed to cardiac arrest in the early hours of Tuesday at his Pali Hill residence in Mumbai. He was 84. He is survived by his wife Manorama and children Rahul and Rohit. 

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