A saddening piece of news is coming to the front. Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, a veteran santoor player, and music composer, sadly died. As per reports, he breathed his last on Tuesday morning, May 10, 2022. The family members confirmed the sudden passing of the musician. All his fans and well-wishers rushed to pay the man sincere tributes ever since the news surfaced on social media, Tributary posts and messages have flooded the internet as no one seems to believe the fact that he is no more. Here is everything we know about his death.
According to the family, Shiv Kumar Sharma had a severe heart attack at around 9 AM. The family added that he was on regular dialysis but was still active. It was also added that the musician was active and was to perform in Bhopal the next week. However, before he could perform, he passed away. Shiv Kumar was only 84 at the time of his sudden death which has affected his well-wishers and everyone he cared for. Mr. Shiv was due to perform in Bhopal next week and was reportedly suffering from renal ailments. Despite the best treatment, he could not be saved.
Who Was Shiv Kumar Sharma?
Shiv Kumar was one of India’s most well-known classical musicians. Born in Jammu in 1938, he was a Padma Vibhushan recipient. He was believed to be the first musician to have played Indian classical music on the santoor. For those unversed, it is a folk instrument from Jammu and Kashmir. He was also one half of the musician duo Shiv-hari. Shiv composed music with flute legend Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia for an array of films including Lamhe, Chandni, and Silsila. Few people know that he has a son named Rahul Sharma who is also a santoor player.
It is no doubt to state that the death of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharmaji marks the end of an era. Sarod player Amjad Ali Khan expressed his sadness on the passing of Shiv Kumar and called him the pioneer of Santoor whose contribution is unparalleled. The player called it a personal loss and added that he will miss him no end. Amjad Ali mourned his death and prayed for his soul. Needless to say, the Santoor maestro’s death has saddened many people who have flooded the internet with tributary posts. Our team also extended our deepest condolences to his family, close relatives, and fans. RIP!