Pt Shivkumar Sharma, a veteran santoor musician and music composer, died this morning in Mumbai after a heart attack, according to family sources. He was 84 years old.
Pt Shivkumar Sharma, one of India’s most well-known classical musicians, was scheduled to perform next week in Bhopal. He also had renal problems, according to the Press Trust of India.
At approximately 9 a.m., he suffered a major heart attack and he was active and was scheduled to perform in Bhopal the following week. He was on daily dialysis but remained active, PTI quoted a family source as saying.
Shivkumar Sharma, a Padma Vibhushan laureate, was born in Jammu in 1938 and is credited with being the first artist to perform Indian classical music on the santoor, a Jammu and Kashmir folk instrument.
He wrote music alongside flute great Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia as one half of the musical combo Shiv-Hari for a variety of films including “Silsila,” “Lamhe,” and “Chandni.”
Rahul Sharma, his son, is also a santoor player.
Amjad Ali Khan, a sarod player, tweeted that Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharmaji’s death marked the end of an era. He was the Santoor pioneer, and his work is unrivalled. It’s a personal loss for him, and he’ll never forget him. May his spirit find peace. His songs will live on in perpetuity! Shanti Om