Leading Santor player Pandit Shivakumar Sharma dies of heart attack, PM Modi also expressed regret
Pandit Shivakumar Sharma passed away. Famous Santor player Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma passed away today. According to reports, Indian musician and santor player Pandit Shivakumar Sharma has died of a heart attack in Mumbai. Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma was 84 years old. He had been suffering from kidney problems for the last 6 months and was on dialysis. He died of a heart attack. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also expressed condolences on the demise of Pandit Sharma. Describing the death of Pandit Sharma as a loss to the cultural world, Prime Minister Modi wrote that he Made Santor globally popular. Their music will continue to enchant future generations. I well remember the conversation I had with him. Condolences to his family and fans.
With the demise of Pandit Shivakumar Sharma, our cultural world has become even poorer. He popularized Santor globally. Their music will continue to inspire future generations. I fondly remember my conversation with him. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti.
– Narendra Modi (arenarendramodi) May 10, 2022
The instrument of the santor was taken to the heights.
Santor player Shiv Kumar Sharma played a key role in making the musical instrument Santor famous all over the world. The santor was sometimes an unknown instrument of Jammu and Kashmir, but the contribution of Pandit Sharma gave the santor the status of a classical musical instrument and elevated it along with other traditional and well-known instruments like satar and sarood. Pandit Shivakumar Sharma teamed up with floatist Pandit Hari Prasad Chorasia to compose music for films like Silsala, Lamhe and Chandni.
Pandit Shivakumar Sharma did not want a government job.
Pandit Shivakumar Sharma had once revealed in an interview that his father wanted him to work for All India Radio in Jammu or Srinagar. The father wanted his son to secure his future through government employment, but Panditji did not want that. Once he left home and came to Mumbai with only Santor and only 500 rupees in his pocket and started fighting.