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Legendary santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma passes away

  • Published
    11th May, 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences over the demise of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Ji.


Pandit Shivkumar Sharma:

  • Shiv Kumar Sharma was born in Jammu in 1938 and is believed to be the first musician to have played Indian classical music on the santoor.
  • Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma was awarded Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986, the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001. 


  • Type: TAT VADYA
  • Santoor is a stringed instrument made of wood, steel, and bamboo.
  • This is a traditional instrument, foud in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Majorly used in the traditional music of Kashmir called Sufiana Qalam.
  • It has now acquired an important place as a classical music instrument.
  • A trapezoid wooden box, 120 steel strings, stretched on 30 wooden bridges in sets of four on each bridge.
  • Bridges are arranged in a set of fifteen on each side.
  • Struck by bamboo mallets.
  • It is placed on a triangular wooden stand while playing.
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