Veteran santoor player and music composer Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma died here on Tuesday morning following a heart attack, family sources said. He was 84.
Sharma, one of India’s most well-known classical musicians, was due to perform in Bhopal next week. He was also suffering from renal ailments.
”He had a severe heart attack at around 9 am… He was active and was to perform in Bhopal the next week. He was on regular dialysis but was still was active,” the family source told PTI.
A Padma Vibhushan recipient, Sharma was born in Jammu in 1938 and is believed to be the first musician to have played Indian classical music on the santoor, a folk instrument from Jammu and Kashmir.
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As one half of the musician duo Shiv-Hari, he composed music with flute legend Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia for an array of films such as ”Silsila”, ”Lamhe” and ”Chandni”.
His son Rahul Sharma is also a santoor player. ”The passing away of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharmaji marks the end of an era. He was the pioneer of Santoor and his contribution is unparalleled. For me, it’s a personal loss and I will miss him no end. May his soul rest in peace. His music lives on forever! Om Shanti,” sarod player Amjad Ali Khan tweeted.