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Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (born 13 January 1938[1]) is an Indian music composer and santoor player[2][3] from the state of Jammu and Kashmir.[4] The santoor is a folk instrument.[1][5]

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma
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Pandit Shivkumar Sharma after performance and Talk in First Santoor Samaroh (Santoor Concert) at Bharat Bhavan Bhopal July 2016
Background information
Born (1938-01-13) 13 January 1938 (age 81)
Jammu, British India (now Jammu and Kashmir, India)
OriginJammu, India
GenresHindustani classical music
Occupation(s)music composer , musician
Instrumentssantoor, tabla
Years active1955–present
Associated actsRahul Sharma
Hariprasad Chaurasia
Websitewww.santoor.com

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Jammu to the singer[6][7] Uma Dutt Sharma[8] and his mother tongue is Dogri. His father started teaching him vocals and tabla when he was just five.[7] Shivkumar started learning santoor at the age of thirteen.[7][1] He gave his first public performance in Bombay in 1955.

CareerEdit

 
Sharma in 1988

Shivkumar is credited with making the santoor a popular classical instrument.[5][9] He composed the background music for one of the scenes in Shantaram's Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje[10] in 1956. He recorded his first solo album in 1960.[1]

In 1967, he teamed up with flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia and guitarist Brij Bhushan Kabra to produce a concept album, Call of the Valley (1967), which turned out to be one of Indian classical music's greatest hits.[1][9] He has composed music for many Hindi films in collaboration with Hariprasad Chaurasia[11] starting with Silsila[10] (1980). They came to be known as the Shiv-Hari music duo.[10] Some of the movies they composed music for were big musical hits, such as Faasle (1985), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), and Darr (1993).

Personal lifeEdit

Sharma married Manorama[8][12] and has two sons.[7] His son, Rahul,[13][14] is also a santoor player[15][16] and they have performed together since 1996.[7] In a 1999 interview to rediff.com, Shivkumar stated that he chose Rahul as his shishya because he thought he had the "gift of God".[7]

AwardsEdit

 
Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship to Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, at the investiture ceremony of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards-2011, at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Shivkumar is the recipient of national and international awards, including an honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore, USA, in 1985,[17] the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986,[18] the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.[19]

DiscographyEdit

Albums
  • Santoor & Guitar, with Brij Bhushan Kabra (1964)
  • Shivkumar Sharma (1967) - (re-released 2005 as "First LP Record of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma")
  • Call of the Valley, with Brij Bhushan Kabra and Hariprasad Chaurasia (1967)
  • ...When Time Stood Still!, with Zakir Hussain (Live in Bombay) (1982)
  • Rag Madhuvanti & Rag Misra Tilang, with Zakir Hussain (1987)
  • Hypnotic Santoor (1988)
  • Maestro's Choice, Series One (1991)
  • A Sublime Trance (1991)
  • The Glory of Strings (1991)
  • Raga Purya Kalyan, with Zakir Hussain (1991)
  • Rag Rageshri, with Zakir Hussain (1993)
  • Raga Bhopali vol I (1993)
  • Raga Kedari vol II (1993)
  • Varshā – A Homage to the Rain Gods (1993)
  • Sound Scapes, Music of the Mountains (1994)
  • Hundred Strings of Santoor (1994)
  • The Pioneer of Santoor (1994)
  • Raag Bilaskhani Todi (1994)
  • A Morning Raga Gurjari Todi (1994)
  • Feelings (1994)
  • The Valley Recalls - In Search of Peace, Love & Harmony, with Hariprasad Chaurasia (1996)
  • The Valley Recalls - Raga Bhoopali, with Hariprasad Chaurasia (1996)
  • Yugal Bandi, with Hariprasad Chaurasia (1996)
  • Maestro's Choice, Series Two (1999)
  • Sampradaya (1999)
  • Rasdhara, with Hariprasad Chaurasia (1999)
  • Saturday Night in Bombay (2001) – Remember Shakti (Universal Records), with John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain and many others musicians. Composed Shringar
  • Ananda Bliss, with Zakir Hussain (2002)
  • The Flow of Time, with Zakir Hussain (2002)
  • Sangeet Sartaj (2002)
  • Vibrant Music for Reiki (2003)
  • Sympatico (Charukeshi – Santoor)(2004)
  • The Inner Path (Kirvani – Santoor) (2004)
  • Essential Evening Chants, with Hariprasad Chaurasia (2007)
Contributing artist

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "A dream fulfilled". Indian Express. 30 April 2000. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  2. ^ "Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma in conversation on Antardhwani, the film based on his life". Indian Express. 18 September 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2009.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Santoor strains music to ears of unborn too". Indian Express. 10 November 2005. Archived from the original on 25 November 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  4. ^ "Santoor magic". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 27 February 2005.
  5. ^ a b "Santoor comes of age, courtesy Pandit Shivkumar Sharma". Indian Express. 8 January 2009. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  6. ^ Gilbert, Andrew (16 November 2007). "Masters of the East come West". Boston Globe. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "'Music is an expression of human emotions'". rediff.com. 20 August 1999. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  8. ^ a b "Note by note". The Times of India. 13 October 2002. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  9. ^ a b Lavezzoli, Peter (2006). The Dawn of Indian Music in the West. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 32. ISBN 0-8264-1815-5.
  10. ^ a b c "Enchantment from Eden valley". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 6 April 2000. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
  11. ^ "'I just pick up the flute and feel the urge to play'". Financial Express. 19 February 2000. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
  12. ^ "Sultan of strings: Shivkumar Sharma". DNA. 18 August 2006. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  13. ^ "Santoor notes that bind: father- son 'Jugalbandi'". livemint.com. 1 July 2007. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  14. ^ "Inner Melodies". Indian Express. 29 July 2008. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  15. ^ "Virasaat". rediff.com. 18 March 1998. Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  16. ^ Dastur, Nicole (3 July 2006). "What's Rahul Sharma's Dalai Lama connection?". Times of India. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  17. ^ "Profile". India Today. Archived from the original on 27 April 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  18. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards – Hindustani Music – Instrumental". Sangeet Natak Akademi. Archived from the original on 16 August 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
  19. ^ "Padma Awards". Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (India). Retrieved 13 May 2009.

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