Shiv Kumar Sharma

born on 13/1/1938 in Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Shivkumar Sharma

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Shivkumar Sharma

Shivkumar Sharma (born January 13, 1938, Jammu, India[1]) is an Indian Santoor player.[2][3] The Santoor is a folk instrument[1][4] from Kashmir[5] and Jammu.[6] Sharma is often referred to by the title Pandit.[3]

Early life

He was born in Jammu to the singer[7][8] Uma Dutt Sharma[9] and his mother tongue is Dogri. His father started teaching him vocals and tabla when he was just five.[8] Uma Dutt Sharma did "extensive research" on the santoor, and decided that Sharma should be the first musician to play Indian classical music on the santoor. So he started learning santoor at the age of thirteen,[8] and made his father's dream come true.[1] He gave his first public performance in Bombay in 1955.


Shivkumar Sharma is the master instrumentalist of the Santoor, after some years as a vocalist. He is credited with making the Santoor a popular Classical Instrument.[4][10] In a 1999 interview to, Shivkumar said that it was his father who decided that he should play the Santoor and that he never thought he would be choosing it when he started learning music.[8] He composed the background music for one of the scenes in Shantaram's Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje[11] in 1956. He recorded his first solo album in 1960.[1]

In 1967, he teamed up with flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia and Brij Bhushan Kabra to produce a concept album, Call of the Valley (1967) which turned out to be one of the greatest hits in Indian Classical Music.[1][10] He has composed music for many Hindi films in collaboration with Hariprasad Chaurasia[12] starting with Silsila[11] (1980). They came to be known as the 'Shiv-Hari' music duo.[11] Some of the movies they composed music for that were big musical hits are Faasle (1985), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991) and Darr (1993).

Personal life

Sharma married Manorama[9][13] and has two sons.[8] His son, Rahul,[14][15] is also a Santoor Player[16][17] and they have performed together since 1996.[8] In a 1999 interview to, Shivkumar stated that he chose Rahul as his shishya because he thought he had the "gift of God".[8]


Shivkumar is the recipient of national and international awards, including an honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore, USA, in 1985,[18] the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986,[19] the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.[20]

Awards (classical and film)

  • Platinum Disc for Call of the Valley
  • Platinum Disc for music of film Silsila
  • Gold Disc for music of film Faasle
  • Platinum Disc for music of film Chandni
  • Special Award for outstanding music and sale of film Lamhe
  • Special Award for outstanding music and sale of film Darr


  • Shivkumar Sharma - Maestro's Choice, Series 1 (1967)
  • Call of the Valley, with Brij Bhushan Kabra and Hariprasad Chaurasia (1967)
  • When Time Stood Still (Live in Bombay) (1982)
  • The Glory Of Strings - Santoor (1991), T-Series
  • Raga Bhopali vol I (1993)
  • Raga Kedari vol II (1993)
  • Varsh - A Homage to the Rain Gods (1993)
  • Hundred Strings of Santoor (1994)
  • Hypnotic Santoor (1994)
  • The Pioneer of Santoor (1994)
  • Raag Bilaskhani Todi (1994)
  • World Network Series, Vol. 1: India- Raga Purya Kalyan, with Zakir Hussain (1995)
  • Santoor (Raag Rageshri) (1998)
  • Sampradaya (1999)
  • Rasdhara, with Hariprasad Chaurasia (1999)
  • The Valley Recalls - Vol.2, with Hariprasad Chaurasia (2000)
  • Ananda Bliss, with Zakir Hussain (2002)
  • Vibrant Music for Reiki (2003)
  • Sympatico (Charukeshi - Santoor)(2004)
  • The Inner Path (Kirvani - Santoor) (2004)
  • Essential Evening Chants (2007)
  • A Morning Raga Gurjari Todi (2010)
  • Shivkumar Sharma 2 - Maestro's Choice, Series 2 (2011)
  • Sangeet Sartaj (2011)
Contributing artist
  • The Rough Guide to the Music of India and Pakistan (1996, World Music Network)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 A dream fulfilled. Indian Express (2000-04-30). Retrieved on 2009-02-03.
  2. Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma in conversation on Antardhwani, the film based on his life. Indian Express (2008-09-18). Retrieved on 2009-02-07.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Santoor strains music to ears of unborn too. Indian Express (2005-11-10). Retrieved on 2009-02-07.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Santoor comes of age, courtesy Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. Indian Express (2009-01-08). Retrieved on 2009-02-07.
  5. The Healing touch. Screen (2007-12-21). Retrieved on 2009-02-07.
  6. Santoor magic, The Hindu, 2005-02-27.
  7. Gilbert, Andrew, Masters of the East come West, Boston Globe, 2007-11-16. URL accessed on 2009-02-07.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 'Music is an expression of human emotions'. (1999-08-20). Retrieved on 2009-02-07.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Note by note, The Times of India, 2002-10-13. URL accessed on 2009-02-07.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Lavezzoli, Peter (2006). The Dawn of Indian Music in the West, Continuum International Publishing Group.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Enchantment from Eden valley, The Hindu, 2000-04-06. URL accessed on 2009-02-15.
  12. 'I just pick up the flute and feel the urge to play'. Financial Express (2000-02-19). Retrieved on 2009-02-15.
  13. Sultan of strings: Shivkumar Sharma. DNA (2006-08-18). Retrieved on 2009-02-07.
  14. Santoor notes that bind: father- son Jugalbandi. (2007-07-01). Retrieved on 2009-02-07.
  15. Inner Melodies. Indian Express (2008-07-29). Retrieved on 2009-02-07.
  16. Virasaat. (1998-03-18). Retrieved on 2009-02-07.
  17. What's Rahul Sharma's Dalai Lama connection?, Times of India, 2006-07-03. URL accessed on 2009-02-07.
  18. Profile. India Today. Retrieved on 2009-02-07.
  19. Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards - Hindustani Music - Instrumental. Sangeet Natak Akademi. Retrieved on 2009-05-13.
  20. Padma Awards. Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (India). Retrieved on 2009-05-13.

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