Once a popular musical instrument in Jammu and Kashmir, Santoor was given to him by Sivakumar’s father at the age of thirteen. At the same time, he became known as a great tabla player. Introducing this new device, he fell in love with it and Santoor became his life goal.
Jammu is his birthplace. His father, Pandit Uma Dutt Sharma, was a famous classical singer in the Jammu and Kashmir Valley. His father started teaching tabla and songs to Sivakumar from the age of five. However, Santoor changed the course of his life and came to learn the instrument at the age of thirteen. Santoor is a popular musical instrument associated with folk music in Jammu. His father wanted his son to play this instrument and give him a different identity. Sivakumar Sharma also took the same focus and he played the role of Santoor. He not only mastered some of these instruments, but also became the first musician to paint a classical concert. In 1955, he performed his first public performance at Santoor in Mumbai. Credit for carrying the Santoor instrument goes to Satar and Sarod.
He says that the struggle of every generation of artists is unique. His son Rahul Sharma also continued the legacy of playing Santoor, but he placed more emphasis on fusion music. Rahul Pandit, a favorite disciple of Sivakumar Sharma, said he never opposed the merger. According to him, music can be taught and understood, but becoming a musician cannot be achieved simply by learning. He argues that the art of composing music should be born out of that understanding. Sivakumar himself provided the film music along with renowned flutist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Known as ‘Shiva-Hari’, the duo composed music for some films like ‘Silsila’, ‘Lamhe’, ‘Chandini’ and ‘Dar’. In the past, Sivakumar was an independent director. The background vocals were added to some scenes from the Santaram movie ‘Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje’. In 1960, he released his own album. He also experimented with a combination of santur and other traditional modern instruments. In 1967, he co-produced the album Call of the Valley with Hariprasad Chaurasia and guitarist Brijbhushan Kabra. His experimental music albums ‘Feelings’ and ‘Mountain’ were also popular. Insisted on teaching classical music in schools as part of education. Not all singers come out of this study. However, he said in an interview that having a good knowledge of classical music is just as important.
Pandit Sivakumar Sharma used to say that even those who did not have an understanding of classical music would fall for those tunes. Pandit Sivakumar Sharma, who has made a name for himself in the field of classical music, has been honored with numerous honors and awards such as the ‘Padma Shri’, the ‘Padma Vibhushan’ and the ‘Sangeet Natak Akademi Award’.
- Pandit Sivakumar Sharma was born on January 13, 1938 in Jammu.
- Santoor started playing at the age of 13.
- Santoor first played classical music in Mumbai in 1955
- The first independent album was released in 1960
- ‘Call of the Valley’ was released in 1967 with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and guitarist Brijbhushan Kabra.
- In 1980 the duo composed music for ‘Silsila’ as ‘Shiva-Hari’ and in 1989 for ‘Chandini’.
- In 1985 he was granted honorary citizenship of the United States Baltimore
- In 1986 he was honored with the prestigious Academy Award for Musical Drama.
- In 1991 he was honored with the Padma Shri Kitab
- In 2001 he was honored with the Padma Vibhushan, the highest book
- ‘Journey with Hundred Strings: My Life in Music’ in mid-2002
With the death of Padma Vibhushan Pandit Sivakumar Sharma, a renowned musician and composer, Santoor became a milestone in Indian music. Jammu and Kashmir is known as the paradise of the earth, but Panditji introduced to the world the heavenly waves of the folklorist Santoor of the same land. Santoor has reached all over the world where Indian music has joined. It is the contribution of Pandit Sharma’s uninterrupted tool. A heartfelt tribute to Pandit Sivakumar Sharma.
– Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister
Pt. Sivakumar Sharma is a Himalayan man in the field of music. His work in the field of music is invaluable. He established an instrument called Santoor and gained fame. He spread this tool all over the world through his penance. Pt. Bhimsen Joshi and Pandit. Sivakumar Sharma had close ties. He was a tabla player in Jammu in the 50s. Bhimsen Joshi went with the singing tabla.
– Srinivasa Joshi, Pandi. Bhimsen was the son and disciple of Joshi
Pt. With the death of Sivakumar Sharma we lost a sage-like personality. Not only is he rich as an artist, he is also known as a thinker and a caring person. Created singing in his own style.
– Rahul Deshpande, popular singer
Funeral in Government Itama
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has directed the authorities to conduct the funeral of Pandit Sivakumar Sharma in government ceremonies. Accordingly, the funeral will be held at the full government hospital on Wednesday.
Pt. Sivakumar Sharma is a Bhishmacharya in the field of music. He fell in love with Santoor and said it. His gentle nature and kind words touched my heart.
– Pt. Atul Kumar is a teacher and senior violinist
Pt. Sivakumar Sharma is not just a lyricist. Therefore, he is also known as a person who is knowledgeable in music. Santoor, an instrument used in Kashmir folk music, is famous all over the world.
– Dr. Jabbar Patel, film director
A boy like me from Aurangabad was lucky enough to learn Santoor from Panditji. They loved me as a child. He appreciated the experiment I did on the vocal cords. Take the oranges from the address given by the Srinagar manufacturer ‘he told me. It is a great honor in my life to have the opportunity to play in some concerts with them. I was encouraged to act in a movie. With the death of Panditji came the feeling of orphans.
– Dilip Kale, disciple of Pandit Sivakumar Sharma
Santoor was born into classical music by Panditji. I have been with him since 1993. A tabla player by nature. So his rhythm study is different. He composed various tunes and lyrics to suit the instrument.
– Vijay Ghate, famous tabla player
Positive energy tone
– Rice. Satish Vyas
The natural beauty and purity of Kashmir is part of his personality. At the same time, an attitude of dedication. The sound of their orange fruit is always satisfying. Along with the name Pandit Sivakumar Sharma, the pleasing pose that stands in front of the eyes, the sweet melody that rings in the ears, the Indian classical music facial expression brings hope and serenity to the familiar listeners .. What to do? Tell us about the condition of the disciples there?
My Guruji Pandit Sivakumar Sharma, who is fully known for his music, taught us that music makes a sense not only in our disciples but also in our listeners. Every melody that comes out should be stored in the ear and mind for the rest of your life. Silence in the noise around. A celebration of listening to their instruments and seeing their feelings blend with the tunes and tones in them. He performed at the Osho Ashram in Pune. At that time Ustad Zakir Hussain was playing the tabla and I was accompanying Tanpura. Guruji was angry with the Jogkans. When Guruji finished playing, no one even knew how to clap or shout. Guruji, the listeners were completely immersed in that tune. Guruji got up quietly from there. The audience was also satisfied and left. That concert taught me a lot. Many new listeners from all over the world became connected to Indian classical music by listening to Guruji Santoor.
Santoor is an instrument that is not part of Indian classical music. Today, however, it is inseparable from classical music. Incorporating this Sufi musical instrument into the framework of Indian classical music is not so easy. Guruji took Santoor at the age of seventeen. His father Pandit Umadatta Sharma was his first teacher. He was a disciple of classical singer Bade Randasji. Learn to play the tabla and sing with him. Umadattaji placed Santoor in the hands of Guruji. From that moment on, this supernatural journey began. Taking a musical instrument and playing classical music on it is not so easy. The original identity of Shatantri Veena Santoor. I.e. this instrument with a hundred stars. But for three weeks in Indian classical music, he also made some changes in the instrumental composition to suit each tune. He composed the instrument so as not to miss any tune and to preserve its integrity. This instrument was not easily accepted in the world of classical music. Guruji, who had settled in Mumbai at the time, had to return to Jammu again, which is not credible today. The teachings of asceticism, constantly doing something new and at the same time accepting something new, were received unknowingly in the presence of the Guruji.