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Renowned santoor maestro Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma, 84, dies of heart attack; PM Modi expressed grief over death

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mumbai: Noted santoor player and Indian music composer Pandit Shiv kumar Sharma passed away in Mumbai on Tuesday due to heart attack and breathed his last at the age of 84. There is a wave of mourning in the music industry due to the death of Shiv Kumar Sharma and his passing is a big loss in the world of classical music. 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 carried the popularity of Sitar from door to door and gave Santoor a different identity across the world.

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“He had a severe heart attack at around 9 am… He was active and was to perform in Bhopal next week. He was on regular dialysis but was still was active,” the family source told sources.

PM Modi expresses grief over death:

On the death of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, PM Narendra Modi expressed grief by tweeting. He wrote, ‘Our cultural world has suffered a great loss due to the demise of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. He made Santoor popular on a global scale. His music will continue to enchant the generations to come. I remember very well my conversation with him. Condolences to his family and fans. Peace.’

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.

“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.

Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas and veteran actor Shabana Azmi also condoled Shivkumar Sharma’s death.

“We have lost a gem today Padma Vibhushan Shri Shiv Kumar Sharma ji Santoor virtuoso a big loss to the Indian classical music,” Pankaj Udhas wrote on Twitter.

“Deeply saddened to hear that maestro Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma has passed away. His mellifluous music will remain in our hearts ofcourse but tinged by the pain of his loss. My deepest condolences to the family,” tweeted Shabana Azmi.

Music composer and singer Salim Merchant remembered Shivkumar Sharma as one of the “greatest musicians of our times”.

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Important contribution of Shiv kumar sharma in the world of cinema
Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma made a significant contribution to the cinema space and gave music to many songs. The pair of Shiv Kumar Sharma and Hari Prasad Chaurasia was quite famous in Bollywood by the name ‘Shiv-Hari’. He composed music for films like Silsila, Lamhe and Chandni along with flute legend Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia. Of these, the song ‘Mere Haathon Mein Nau-Nau Chudiyan Hai’ from the film Chandni is quite famous, which was filmed on late Bollywood actress Sridevi.

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