5 Interesting Facts About Late Musical Ace Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

5 Interesting Facts About Late Musical Ace Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Written by
Pallabi C Samal

May 10, 2022, 4:06 p.m.
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We will miss you, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma!

Indian music composer and santoor Player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma has died aged 84.

According to reports, for the past six months, he suffered from kidney disease and was on dialysis. The icon is survived by his two sons and his wife Manorama.

Sharma is credited with making santoor a mainstream instrument from a folk.

Let us know more about the genius artist.

Sharma was more fond of ‘tabla’

Sharma was the son of famous singer Pandit Umadutt Sharma, who introduced him to the world of Hindustani classical music at the age of five.

Being born into such a family, he was always inclined towards musical instruments. But more than santoorconsidered an unusual folk instrument in the 1950s, Sharma was more fond of board.

Fortunately, his father convinced him otherwise.

Apart from establishing himself as a musical artist, Sharma was also pushed by his father to excel in studies.

Carefully, he studied English literature and economics at university while performing in concerts.

After Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baajean impressed V. Shantaram offered him his next, Toofan aur Diya.

But, Sharma refused because he “wanted to complete my education as my father wanted.”

Shiv Hari and Yash Chopra

In 1967, Sharma and classical flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia formed the famous duo of Shiv-Hari.

They donated the music for eight films including Silsila (1980), faasle (1985), chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), and Darr (1993) and among them, seven were supported by Yash Chopra.

They stopped composing for movies because their thoughts weren’t in sync with most producers, but they could have come back for one person: Chopra.

In 2016, when asked why they had stopped taking film assignments, Sharma said dryly: “Filmmakers these days are only interested in making a box office killer. It used to be that songs used to tell stories. Now they’re like item numbers.”

“Give us filmmakers like Yash Chopra and we’ll keep making movies. Do you remember Yeh Kahaan Aa Gaye Hum? The interludes had poetry, not music.”

The injustice done to the pundits of Kashmir has increased in recent times, thanks to The Kashmir Files.

But in 2012, when the Padma Shri laureate was asked about his brothers, he said: “Nobody is interested in doing anything for the Kashmiri pundits, who left behind their property, their identity and their life. The reason for this political apathy is that they are not vote banks!”