Santoor maestro Shivkumar Sharma succumbs to heart attack

India: “These past two years have been brutal to the Indian classical music fraternity. India have lost several major pillars, and now, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma. His passing on is an end of an era,” Salil Bhat, Veena player tells IANS.

Adding that the maestro’s death has not only impacted those personally close to him but left the whole Indian classical music fraternity shocked, Bhat adds, “His contribution to the santoor and making it immensely popular is unparalleled. Anyone who listened to him seldom remained untouched.”

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma passed away after a cardiac arrest at the age of 84 in Mumbai on Tuesday, May 10.

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma will be accorded a state funeral, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office said in a statement on Tuesday as he and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari led other leaders in condoling the death of the Santoor maestro.

Pt Sharma introduced santoor to the world. He mesmerised people not only in India but also across the world with his music.