Shivkumar Sharma
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Shivkumar Sharma

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Santoor.jpg
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma after performance and Talk in First Santoor Samaroh (Santoor Concert) at Bharat Bhavan Bhopal July 2016
Background information
Born (1938-01-13) 13 January 1938 (age 81)
Jammu, British India (now Jammu and Kashmir, India)
OriginJammu, India
GenresHindustani classical music
music composer , musician
Instrumentssantoor, tabla
Rahul Sharma
Hariprasad Chaurasia

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (born 13 January 1938[1]) is an Indian music composer and santoor player[2][3] from the state of Jammu and Kashmir.[4] The santoor is a folk instrument.[1][5]

Early life

He was born in Jammu to the singer[6][7] Uma Dutt Sharma[8] and his mother tongue is Dogri. His father started teaching him vocals and tabla when he was just five.[7] Shivkumar started learning santoor at the age of thirteen.[7][1] He gave his first public performance in Bombay in 1955.


Sharma in 1988

Shivkumar is credited with making the santoor a popular classical instrument.[5][9] He composed the background music for one of the scenes in Shantaram's Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje[10] in 1956. He recorded his first solo album in 1960.[1]

In 1967, he teamed up with flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia and guitarist Brij Bhushan Kabra to produce a concept album, Call of the Valley (1967), which turned out to be one of Indian classical music's greatest hits.[1][9] He has composed music for many Hindi films in collaboration with Hariprasad Chaurasia[11] starting with Silsila[10] (1980). They came to be known as the Shiv-Hari music duo.[10] Some of the movies they composed music for were big musical hits, such as Faasle (1985), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), and Darr (1993).

Personal life

Sharma married Manorama[8][12] and has two sons.[7] His son, Rahul,[13][14] is also a santoor player[15][16] and they have performed together since 1996.[7] In a 1999 interview to, Shivkumar stated that he chose Rahul as his shishya because he thought he had the "gift of God".[7]


Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship to Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, at the investiture ceremony of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards-2011, at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Shivkumar is the recipient of national and international awards, including an honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore, USA, in 1985,[17] the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986,[18] the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.[19]


  • Santoor & Guitar, with Brij Bhushan Kabra (1964)
  • Shivkumar Sharma (1967) - (re-released 2005 as "First LP Record of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma")
  • Call of the Valley, with Brij Bhushan Kabra and Hariprasad Chaurasia (1967)
  • ...When Time Stood Still!, with Zakir Hussain (Live in Bombay) (1982)
  • Rag Madhuvanti & Rag Misra Tilang, with Zakir Hussain (1987)
  • Hypnotic Santoor (1988)
  • Maestro's Choice, Series One (1991)
  • A Sublime Trance (1991)
  • The Glory of Strings (1991)
  • Raga Purya Kalyan, with Zakir Hussain (1991)
  • Rag Rageshri, with Zakir Hussain (1993)
  • Raga Bhopali vol I (1993)
  • Raga Kedari vol II (1993)
  • Varsh? - A Homage to the Rain Gods (1993)
  • Sound Scapes, Music of the Mountains (1994)
  • Hundred Strings of Santoor (1994)
  • The Pioneer of Santoor (1994)
  • Raag Bilaskhani Todi (1994)
  • A Morning Raga Gurjari Todi (1994)
  • Feelings (1994)
  • The Valley Recalls - In Search of Peace, Love & Harmony, with Hariprasad Chaurasia (1996)
  • The Valley Recalls - Raga Bhoopali, with Hariprasad Chaurasia (1996)
  • Yugal Bandi, with Hariprasad Chaurasia (1996)
  • Maestro's Choice, Series Two (1999)
  • Sampradaya (1999)
  • Rasdhara, with Hariprasad Chaurasia (1999)
  • Saturday Night in Bombay (2001) - Remember Shakti (Universal Records), with John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain and many others musicians. Composed Shringar
  • Ananda Bliss, with Zakir Hussain (2002)
  • The Flow of Time, with Zakir Hussain (2002)
  • Sangeet Sartaj (2002)
  • Vibrant Music for Reiki (2003)
  • Sympatico (Charukeshi - Santoor)(2004)
  • The Inner Path (Kirvani - Santoor) (2004)
  • Essential Evening Chants, with Hariprasad Chaurasia (2007)
Contributing artist


  1. ^ a b c d e "A dream fulfilled". Indian Express. 30 April 2000. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. Retrieved 2009.
  2. ^ "Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma in conversation on Antardhwani, the film based on his life". Indian Express. 18 September 2008. Retrieved 2009.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Santoor strains music to ears of unborn too". Indian Express. 10 November 2005. Archived from the original on 25 November 2011. Retrieved 2009.
  4. ^ "Santoor magic". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 27 February 2005.
  5. ^ a b "Santoor comes of age, courtesy Pandit Shivkumar Sharma". Indian Express. 8 January 2009. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. Retrieved 2009.
  6. ^ Gilbert, Andrew (16 November 2007). "Masters of the East come West". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "'Music is an expression of human emotions'". 20 August 1999. Retrieved 2009.
  8. ^ a b "Note by note". The Times of India. 13 October 2002. Retrieved 2009.
  9. ^ a b Lavezzoli, Peter (2006). The Dawn of Indian Music in the West. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 32. ISBN 0-8264-1815-5.
  10. ^ a b c "Enchantment from Eden valley". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 6 April 2000. Retrieved 2009.
  11. ^ "'I just pick up the flute and feel the urge to play'". Financial Express. 19 February 2000. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 2009.
  12. ^ "Sultan of strings: Shivkumar Sharma". DNA. 18 August 2006. Retrieved 2009.
  13. ^ "Santoor notes that bind: father- son 'Jugalbandi'". 1 July 2007. Retrieved 2009.
  14. ^ "Inner Melodies". Indian Express. 29 July 2008. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. Retrieved 2009.
  15. ^ "Virasaat". 18 March 1998. Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 2009.
  16. ^ Dastur, Nicole (3 July 2006). "What's Rahul Sharma's Dalai Lama connection?". Times of India. Retrieved 2009.
  17. ^ "Profile". India Today. Archived from the original on 27 April 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  18. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards - Hindustani Music - Instrumental". Sangeet Natak Akademi. Archived from the original on 16 August 2007. Retrieved 2009.
  19. ^ "Padma Awards". Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (India). Retrieved 2009.

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