PM condoles demise of noted Santoor maestro, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma
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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