Pandit Shivkumar Sharma
|Born||13 January 1938|
Jammu, British India (now Jammu and Kashmir, India)
|Genres||Hindustani classical music|
|Occupation(s)||Music composer , Musician|
|Associated acts||Rahul Sharma (son) |
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (born 13 January 1938) is an Indian music composer and santoor player from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The santoor is originally a folk instrument, but became an instrument for Indian classical through his internationally recognized playing style.
Shivkumar Sharma 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. Shivkumar started learning santoor at the age of thirteen and gave his first public performance in Mumbai in 1955.
Sharma married Manorama and has two sons. His son Rahul, who started learning at the age of 13, is also a santoor player, and they have performed together since 1996. In a 1999 interview, Shivkumar stated that he chose Rahul as his shishya, because he thought he had the "gift of God".
Shivkumar Sharma is credited with making the santoor a popular classical instrument. He composed the background music for one of the scenes in Shantaram's film Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje in 1956. He recorded his first solo album in 1960.
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. Further, he composed music for many Hindi films in collaboration with Hariprasad Chaurasia, starting with Silsila in 1980. They came to be known as the Shiv-Hari music duo. Some of the movies they composed music for were musical hits, such as Faasle (1985), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), and Darr (1993).
|1964||Santoor & Guitar, with Brij Bhushan Kabra|
|1967||Shivkumar Sharma - (re-released 2005 as "First LP Record of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma"|
|1967||Call of the Valley, with Brij Bhushan Kabra and Hariprasad Chaurasia|
|1982||When Time Stood Still!, with Zakir Hussain (Live in Bombay)|
|1987||Rag Madhuvanti & Rag Misra Tilang, with Zakir Hussain|
|1991||Maestro's Choice, Series One|
|A Sublime Trance|
|The Glory of Strings|
|Raga Purya Kalyan, with Zakir Hussain|
|1993||Rag Rageshri, with Zakir Hussain|
|Raga Bhopali vol I|
|Raga Kedari vol II|
|Varshā – A Homage to the Rain Gods|
|1994||Sound Scapes, Music of the Mountains|
|Hundred Strings of Santoor|
|The Pioneer of Santoor|
|Raag Bilaskhani Todi|
|A Morning Raga Gurjari Todi|
|1996||The Valley Recalls - In Search of Peace, Love & Harmony, with Hariprasad Chaurasia|
|The Valley Recalls - Raga Bhoopali, with Hariprasad Chaurasia|
|Yugal Bandi, with Hariprasad Chaurasia|
|1999||Maestro's Choice, Series Two|
|Rasdhara, with Hariprasad Chaurasia|
|2001||Saturday Night in Bombay – Remember Shakti (Universal Records), with John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain and many others musicians. Composed Shringar|
|2002||Ananda Bliss, with Zakir Hussain|
|The Flow of Time, with Zakir Hussain|
|2003||Vibrant Music for Reiki|
|2004||Sympatico (Charukeshi – Santoor)|
|2004||The Inner Path (Kirvani – Santoor|
|2007||Essential Evening Chants, with Hariprasad Chaurasia|
|1996||The Rough Guide to the Music of India and Pakistan||World Music Network|
Shivkumar Sharma 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.