Shivkumar Sharma


May 28, 2022

Shivkumar Sharma (also Shiv Kumar Sharma; January 13, 1938 in Jammu - May 10, 2022 in Mumbai) was an Indian musician. His instrument was Santur, which he had taken on soloist rather than accompaniment. Sharma began studying music at the age of five. He was taught by his father, Uma Dutt Sharma, who acted as both a singer and a percussionist. Originally, Shivkumar Sharma himself sang and played tabla drums, but as a teenager, his father introduced him to a gourmet who had by then established himself as part of Sufi music in the Kashmir region. Sharma made her first major appearance as a musician in 1955. She received favorable feedback from a more reformist audience but from those who favored more traditional music. Sharma responded to the negative feedback by making adjustments to her player; he expanded its range of sounds, changed the tuning of languages, and developed a playing technique more reminiscent of the human voice. Gradually, Santur gained wider acceptance. Sharma released many albums during her career and made film music as both a composer and a musician. In 1986, he received the Sangeet Natak Academy Award. He was also awarded Padma Shri (1991) and Padma Vibhushan (2001). In 2002, she published her autobiography Journey with a Hundred Strings: My Life in Music. Sharman has performed with his son Rahul Sharma. His other collaborators included Zakir Hussain and Hariprasad Chaurasia, with whom he co-starred Shiv-Hari.


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