Pt Shivkumar Sharma will be given a state funeral, the office of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said in a statement on Tuesday, as he and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari led other officials in condoling the Santoor maestro’s death.
The Santoor virtuoso died on Tuesday in Mumbai of a heart attack. He was 84 years old.
State honours will be accorded to Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma’s cremation. The directive was issued by the chief minister, according to a statement from the CMO.
According to Chief Minister Thackeray, Pt Sharma introduced santoor to the globe. His music captivated audiences not just in India but also throughout the world.
The Chief Minister referred to Pt Sharma as the “pride” of Indian music.
Mr Koshyari, too, expressed grief and astonishment at the loss of Pt Sharma.
The governor praised the Santoor maestro as a wonderful artist, guru, researcher, thinker, and, most importantly, a kind-hearted human person.
Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma coached numerous students and contributed greatly to the realm of music, according to Mr Koshyari.
Pt Sharma’s death has left NCP president Sharad Pawar “very upset.”
The Padma Vibhushan recipient will be recognised for his outstanding contributions to music. My sincere sympathies go out to his family and friends. RIP, Mr. Pawar took to Twitter.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, among others, paid respect to Pt Sharma.