Santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma passed away on Tuesday due to a heart attack. Several celebrities from the film and music industry gathered to pay their last respects on Wednesday morning. Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and his wife Jaya Bachchan also marked their presence at the Antim Darshan of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. He had given music to Amitabh and Jaya’s film ‘Silsila’.
After Pandit’s passing away, Amitabh Bachchan wrote in his blog, “There is the passing away of the Maestro , ShivKumar Sharma, who played the santoor, a special instrument, from the valleys of Kashmir .. who designed so many film musics for me and many others .. continued success after success , numbs you from the pain of pain .. as also the reverse. Shivkumar ji, who played the ‘santoor’ in its brilliance .. who put his heart and soul into whatever he took up .. humble despite his incredible presence .. and the talent of a genius.”
On Pandit Shivkumar’s death, it was reported, “He had a severe heart attack in the morning… He was active and was to perform in Bhopal next week. He was on regular dialysis but was still active.”
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma’s mortal remains were kept at his Palli Hill home. It was then shifted to the Abhijit Cooperative Housing Society in Juhu for “public darshan” till 1 pm. Other celebs like Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi were also spotted.
He was born in Jammu in 1938 and is believed to be the first musician to have played Indian classical music on the santoor.