|Origin Jammu, India|
Name Shivkumar Sharma
|Years active 1955–present|
Spouse Manorama Sharma
Associated acts Rahul Sharma
|Born January 13, 1938 (age 85) Jammu, British India (now Jammu and Kashmir, India) (1938-01-13) |
Genres Hindustani classical music
Movies The Valley Recalls: Raga Bhoopali
Similar People Hariprasad Chaurasia, Rahul Sharma, Zakir Hussain, Brij Bhushan Kabra, Ravi Shankar
Shivkumar Sharma & Hariprasad Chaurasia In Search of Peace,Love & Harmony
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (born 13 January 1938) is an Indian santoor player from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The santoor is a folk instrument.
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- Early life
- Personal life
Shivkumar sharma and shri shri ravi shankar at sitar concert
He was born in Jammu to the singer Uma Dutt Sharma and his mother tongue is Dogri. His father started teaching him vocals and tabla when he was just five. Uma Dutt Sharma did "extensive research" on the santoor, and decided that Sharma should be the first musician to play Indian classical music on the santoor. So he started learning santoor at the age of thirteen, and made his father'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 Instrument. In a 1999 interview to rediff.com, 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 Silsila (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).
Fascinatingly, he has played tabla in the song Mose Chhal Kiye Jaye Haay Re Haay Dekho Saiyan Beimaan.While he started his career playing the tabla, Shiva Kumar Sharma had given up the instrument to focus on the santoor. It was R.D. Burman who convinced him to play the tabla for this song. He did not play the tabla again for any other Hindi film song.
Sharma married Manorama and has two sons. His son, Rahul, is also a santoor player and they have performed together since 1996. In a 1999 interview to rediff.com, Shivkumar stated that he chose Rahul as his shishya because he thought he had the "gift of God".
Shivkumar is the recipient of national and international awards, including an honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore, USA, in 1985, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986, the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.