Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

About Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Who is it?: Santoor Player
Birth Day: January 13, 1938
Birth Place: Jammu, Indian
Origin: Jammu, India
Genres: Hindustani classical music
Instruments: santoor, tabla
Years active: 1955–present
Associated acts: Rahul Sharma Hariprasad Chaurasia

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma was born on January 13, 1938 in Jammu, Indian, is Santoor Player. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is an Indian classical musician and a renowned ‘Santoor’ player; santoor is an Indian folk instrument. Born to a trained vocalist and tabla player, he was destined to become a classical musician from an early age. His father recognized potential in a folk instrument ‘Santoor’ and encouraged him to learn playing it. Shivkumar Sharma became famous because of his improvisations with santoor and he revolutionized it as one of the most riveting classical instruments. He is single-handedly responsible for making the santoor a popular classical instrument. He introduced the new chromatic arrangement of notes and increased the range to cover full three octaves. He also improvised a new technique of playing with which he could sustain notes and maintain sound continuity. He is the sole musician to have brought santoor at par with other classical instruments and established it across the globe with his sheer brilliance and conviction. He is among those rare classical musicians who have been able to achieve success in the world of film music as well. His compositions for blockbusters such as ‘Silsila’ and ‘Chandni’ are a manifestation of his musical brilliance. With his creative genius, he has created a new genre of instrumental music. Through his performances over a period of more than half a century, he has created millions of new listeners and ardent fans of Indian classical music.
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Popular As Pandit Shivkumar Sharma
Occupation Musicians
Age 85 years old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Born January 13, 1938 (Jammu, Indian)
Birthday January 13
Town/City Jammu, Indian
Nationality Indian

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Awards and nominations:

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



He was born in Jammu to the singer Uma Dutt Sharma and his mother tongue is Dogri. His father started teaching him vocals and tabla when he was just five. Shivkumar started learning santoor at the age of thirteen. He gave his first public performance in Bombay in 1955.


Shivkumar is credited with making the santoor a popular classical instrument. He composed the background music for one of the scenes in Shantaram's Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje in 1956. He recorded his first solo album in 1960.


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


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


Sharma married Manorama and has two sons. His son, Rahul, is also a santoor player and they have performed together since 1996. In a 1999 interview to, Shivkumar stated that he chose Rahul as his shishya because he thought he had the "gift of God".

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