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Legendary santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma passes away

Published: 23rd May, 2022

Context

Veteran santoor player and music composer Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma passes away at the age of 84, following a heart attack.

About

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma:

  • Shiv Kumar Sharma was born in Jammu in 1938.
  • He 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
    • Padma Shri in 1991
    • Padma Vibhushan in 2001

Important facts about Santoor

  • Type: TAT VADYA
  • Santoor is a stringed instrument made of wood, steel, and bamboo.
  • This is a traditional instrument, found 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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