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Shiv Kumar Sharma Updates: Shiv Kumar Sharma, an 84yearold Indian classical music legend, has died.Sharma played the santoor, which is a dulcimer like instrument. On Tuesday morning, he suffered a heart attack at his Mumbai home.Sharma is credited with making the santoor, a Kashmiri instrument, into a key instrument in Indian classical music.

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Sharma was also a member of a pair that composed classical and film music, together with flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia.Music was composed for at least eight Bollywood films, including Silsila, Chandni, Darr, and Lamhe, by ShivHari.The tributes to Sharma were led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Sharma grew up in Jammu, in a house beside a river where “from dawn to nightfall, someone or the other was singing or playing an instrument,” as he put it.Uma Dutt Sharma, his father, was born into a family of priests and was a classical vocalist who also played the tabla, a traditional Indian drum.Uma Dutt began investigating the santoor, a traditional Kashmiri instrument used in local Sufi music, in the early 1950s, while working for a state-run radio station.He acquired a 100string santoor for his son and pushed him to play it.

Sharma later revealed that he had initially refused to play the instrument.”’You have no idea what is going to happen with your name and the santoor,’ my father said. They’ll become interchangeable. So you have to play this,’ Sharma told Ina Puri during an interview.Sharma was playing the santoor and tabla for the local radio station at the age of 17. He blossomed into a versatile performer, subsequently performing for maestros such as Ravi Shankar (sitar) and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan on the tabla (sarod).Sharma, according to singer Vijay Kichlu, “made the santoor a major component of Indian classical music.”Unlike the santoor, the sarod, shehnai, and violin were all regarded prominent instruments, with the sarangi serving as a vocalist’s accompaniment,” Kichlu explained.It was also difficult to play the santoor because it is not a finger instrument. Instead, a mallet must be held in each hand to strike the strings.Sharma once stated that he altered the instrument to “fit the needs of Indian classical music – specifically to improve its tonal quality.” He was also the first musician to play the eight kilogram santoor on his lap for hours at a time, despite the fact that the instrument was normally performed on a wooden stand.

Shiv Kumar Sharma

According to Sharma’s autobiography, Journey with a Hundred Strings, some critics were “harsh,” stating the santoor would never be accepted as a classical instrument and telling his father that his son had picked the “wrong instrument.”Sharma, though, persisted.He had rejected down an offer from V Shantaram, a Bollywood director, to create a song for his film when he was 17, claiming that his calling lay elsewhere.He arrived in Mumbai five years later, looking for music related work in the film industry, having also earned a master’s degree in finance.”For most of the 1960s and early 1970s, his work was like a train on two tracks: his work in cinema and his opus on the [classical] concert stage,” said Manek Premchand, a film music historian.He performed to sold-out audiences at classical events over the years, never playing popular songs. Sharma was reportedly dubbed a “superstar” by Ravi Shankar, who said he would be “recognised as a pioneer in raising santoor to the pinnacle of classical perfection.”Sharma, a rare artist who could seamlessly blend classical and popular music, played the santoor on at least 40 renowned Hindi film songs performed by legends like Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, and Mukesh.His association with Chaurasia produced numerous successes in the 1980s, beginning with Silsila, starring superstar Amitabh Bachchan.During the filming of Silsila, Bachchan recalled a New Year’s Eve when the duo performed long past midnight at the hotel where they were staying in Delhi.”By the end of it, we could see not only physical exhaustion on Sharma’s part, but as if his own spirit had been exhausted,” Bachchan recounted.Kumar and Chaurasia made history in 1998 when they performed with Alanis Morissette, Elton John, and Phil Collins at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Oslo. The duo also performed at India’s parliament’s centre hall.Sharma was awarded the Sangeet Natak Academia Award in 1986, the Padma Shri Award in 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan Award in 2001.His wife and two sons are his only survivors. Rahul, one of his kids, is a well-known santoor player who has collaborated with Richard Clayderman and Kenny G.

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