PM condoles demise of noted Santoor maestro, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

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The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed deep grief over the demise of noted Santoor maestro, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma.

  • He died on 10 May at the age of 84.

  • The renowned musician, who breathed his last in Mumbai, had been suffering from kidney-related issues for the past six months and was on dialysis.

  • The Jammu-born musician, also a Padma Vibhushan recipient, is believed to be the first musician to have played Indian classical music on the santoor.

  • He began learning santoor at the age of thirteen.

  • He was instrumental in popularising the santoor and taking it to a global scale with his style.

  • His first ever performance was in Mumbai in 1995. 

  • He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986, the Padma Shri in 1991 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.

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