Shivkumar Sharma Dead: Classical and Bollywood Musician Was 84

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Shivkumar Sharma, Hindustani classical musician and co-composer of a number of memorable Bollywood movie soundtracks for the late Yash Chopra, died on Tuesday in Mumbai. He was 84.

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Sharma, addressed by the honorific Pandit, had kidney associated illnesses for the previous six months and finally succumbed to a cardiac arrest.

Born in Jammu, Northern India, Sharma turned a exponent of the classical instrument santoor. Already well-known in Hindustani music circles, he shot to worldwide prominence in 1967 when he recorded the album “Name of the Valley” alongside his very long time collaborator flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia and guitarist Brij Bhushan Kabra for EMI.

Whereas their classical music careers flourished, Sharma and Chaurasia additionally composed a number of Bollywood movie soundtracks for eminent filmmaker Yash Chopra, starting with “Silsila” (1981), starring Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Jaya Bachchan and Sanjeev Kumar. Underneath the display screen credit score Shiv-Hari, they composed seven extra soundtracks for Chopra together with “Faasle” (1985). “Vijay” (1988) “Chandni” (1989) “Lamhe” (1991) “Parampara” (1993) and “Darr” (1993), which was a breakthrough movie for Bollywood celebrity Shah Rukh Khan.

“Sahibaan” (1993), directed by Chopra’s former affiliate director Ramesh Talwar, was the one movie Shiv-Hari composed for out of doors the Yash Raj Movies banner.

The Shiv-Hari duo had been nominated for the distinguished Filmfare award within the music class for “Silsila,” “Chandni,” “Lamhe” and “Darr.”

Indian honors accorded to Sharma embody the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986, the Padma Shri in 1991 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.

Sharma is survived by his spouse Manorama and sons Rahul, who can also be a famous santoor participant and Rohit, a Bollywood government.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “Our cultural world is poorer with the demise of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Ji. He popularised the Santoor at a worldwide stage. His music will proceed to enthral the approaching generations. I fondly bear in mind my interactions with him. Condolences to his household and admirers. Om Shanti.”

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