Shiv Kumar Sharma

  • Birth Name Shiv Kumar Sharma
  • Born 13-01-1938
  • Occupation Artist
  • Year Active 1955
  • Origin Jammu, India
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    Career beginnings

    Shivkumar Sharma (born January 13, 1938,Jammu,India is an Indian Santoor player.The Santoor is a folk instrument from Kashmir and Jammu.Sharma is often referred to by the title Pandit.Born in Jammu to the singer. Uma Dutt Sharma.His mother tongue is Dogri. In a 1999 interview to,Shivkumar said that his father started teaching him vocals and tabla when he was just five.He goes on to say that Uma Dutt Sharma did extensive research on Santoor,and decided that Shivkumar should be the first Musician to play Indian Classical Music on Santoor.So he started learning Santoor at the age of thirteen,and made Uma Dutt Sharma's dream come true.He gave his first public performance in Bombay in 1955.Shivkumar Sharma is the master instrumentalist of the Santoor,after some years as a vocalist.He is credited with making the Santoor a popular Classical Instrume In a 1999 interview to, Shivkumar said that it was his father who decided that he should play the Santoor and that he never thought he would be choosing it when he started learning music.He composed the background music for one of the scenes in Shantaram's Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje in 1956. He recorded his first solo album in 1960.In 1967,he teamed up with flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia and Brij Bhushan Kabra to produce a concept album,Call of the Valley (1967) which turned out to be one of the greatest hits in Indian Classical Music.He has composed music for many Hindi films in collaboration with Hariprasad Chaurasia starting with sisila 1980).They came to be known as the Shiv-Hari music duo.Some of the movies they composed music for that were big musical hits are Faasle (1985),Chandni(1989),Lamhe (1991) and Darr(1993).Sharma married Manorama and has three sons.His son,Rahul,is also a Santoor Player and they have performed together since 1996.In a 1999 interview to, Shivkumar stated that he chose Rahul as his shishya because he thought he had the gift of God.

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    • Padma Vibhushan

      Padma Vibhushan -2001


    • Padma Shri

      Padma Shri -1991


    • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

      Sangeet Natak Akademi Award -1986
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