Shivkumar Sharma


Pandit Shivkumar Sharma
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma after performance and Talk in First Santoor Samaroh (Santoor Concert) at Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal July 2016
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma after performance and Talk in First Santoor Samaroh (Santoor Concert) at Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal July 2016
Background information
Born (1938-01-13) 13 January 1938 (age 84)[1]
Jammu, British India (now Jammu and Kashmir, India)
OriginJammu, India
GenresHindustani classical music
Occupation(s)Music composer , Musician
Instrumentssantoor, tabla
Years active1955–present
Associated actsRahul Sharma (son)
Hariprasad Chaurasia

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma (born 13 January 1938) is an Indian music composer and santoor player from the state of Jammu and Kashmir.[2][3][4] The santoor is originally a folk instrument, but became an instrument for Indian classical through his internationally recognized playing style.[1][5]

Early life

Shivkumar Sharma was born in Jammu to the singer[6][7] Uma Dutt Sharma,[8] and his mother tongue is Dogri. His father started teaching him vocals and tabla, when he was just five.[7] Shivkumar started learning santoor at the age of thirteen[7][1] and gave his first public performance in Mumbai in 1955.

Personal life

Sharma married Manorama[8][9] and has two sons.[7] His son Rahul, who started learning at the age of 13, is also a santoor player,[10][11] and they have performed together since 1996.[12][13] In a 1999 interview, Shivkumar stated that he chose Rahul as his shishya, because he thought he had the "gift of God".[7]


Sharma in 1988

Shivkumar Sharma is credited with making the santoor a popular classical instrument.[5][14] He composed the background music for one of the scenes in Shantaram's film Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje[15] in 1956. He recorded his first solo album in 1960.[1]

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.[1][14] Further, he composed music for many Hindi films in collaboration with Hariprasad Chaurasia,[16] starting with Silsila[15] in 1980. They came to be known as the Shiv-Hari music duo.[15] Some of the movies they composed music for were musical hits, such as Faasle (1985), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), and Darr (1993).



Year Title Notes
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
1988 Hypnotic Santoor
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 BombayRemember 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
Sangeet Sartaj
2003 Vibrant Music for Reiki
2004 Sympatico (Charukeshi – Santoor)
2004 The Inner Path (Kirvani – Santoor
2007 Essential Evening Chants, with Hariprasad Chaurasia

Contributing artist

Year Title Network
1996 The Rough Guide to the Music of India and Pakistan World Music Network


Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship to Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, at the investiture ceremony of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards-2011, at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Shivkumar Sharma is the recipient of national and international awards, including an honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore, USA, in 1985,[17] the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986,[18] the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.[19]


  1. ^ a b c d e "A dream fulfilled". Indian Express. 30 April 2000. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  2. ^ "Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma in conversation on Antardhwani, the film based on his life". Indian Express. 18 September 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2009.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Santoor strains music to ears of unborn too". Indian Express. 10 November 2005. Archived from the original on 25 November 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  4. ^ "Santoor magic". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 27 February 2005. Archived from the original on 5 March 2005.
  5. ^ a b "Santoor comes of age, courtesy Pandit Shivkumar Sharma". Indian Express. 8 January 2009. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  6. ^ Gilbert, Andrew (16 November 2007). "Masters of the East come West". Boston Globe. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Music is an expression of human emotions". 20 August 1999. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  8. ^ a b "Note by note". The Times of India. 13 October 2002. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  9. ^ "Sultan of strings: Shivakumar Sharma". DNA. 18 August 2006. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  10. ^ "Virasaat". 18 March 1998. Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  11. ^ Dastur, Nicole (3 July 2006). "What's Rahul Sharma's Dalai Lama connection?". Times of India. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  12. ^ "Santoor notes that bind: father- son 'Jugalbandi'". 1 July 2007. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  13. ^ "Inner Melodies". Indian Express. 29 July 2008. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  14. ^ a b Lavezzoli, Peter (2006). The Dawn of Indian Music in the West. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 32. ISBN 0-8264-1815-5.
  15. ^ a b c "Enchantment from Eden valley". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 6 April 2000. Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
  16. ^ "I just pick up the flute and feel the urge to play". Financial Express. 19 February 2000. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
  17. ^ "Profile". India Today. Archived from the original on 27 April 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  18. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards – Hindustani Music – Instrumental". Sangeet Natak Akademi. Archived from the original on 16 August 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
  19. ^ "Padma Awards". Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (India). Retrieved 13 May 2009.

External links

  • – Official Site
  • Shivkumar Sharma at AllMusic