Shivakumar was born in Jammu. After that, he moved to Mumbai. In North Indian classical music, the musical instrument called ‘Santur’ did not have much prestige before.
The late legendary musician Shivkumar Sharma. Shivakumar suffered a heart attack at his home in Mumbai on Tuesday. He was 74 years old. He is survived by his wife Manorama and son Rahul Sharma.
In North Indian classical music, the musical instrument called ‘Santur’ did not have much prestige before. Shivakumar is credited with bringing that instrument into the mainstream of classical music. Shivkumar has teamed up with Hariprasad to create timeless melodies in mainstream Bollywood films. One of them is ‘Silsila’. Son Rahul has followed in his father’s footsteps. He is also established as a musician.
Shivakumar was born on 13 January 1936 in an aristocratic musician family in Jammu. His father Uma Dattasharma was a renowned musician. At the age of five, Shivakumar started taking training in classical music from his father. Uma did a lot of research on Santu and decided that she would raise her son as a Santu player of Indian classical music. With this in mind, Shivakumar started training Santur from the age of thirteen. Later, Shivakumar did various experiments with the ‘Santur’ device. Later Shivakumar moved to Mumbai. Although his travels are all over the world, he has been working mainly from Mumbai.
Shivkumar has received many national and international awards, including the Sangeet Natak Academy. Received Padma Vibhushan in 2001. He was also granted honorary citizenship in the United States.