Santoor legend Pandit Shivkumar Sharma cremated with full state honors

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma died of cardiac arrest at his Mumbai residence on Tuesday. He was cremated with full state honors in the presence of his family and close friends today.

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma cremated with full state honours.

STRONG POINTS

  • Pandit Shivkumar Sharma died on May 10.
  • He was cremated today with full state honors.
  • His last rites were performed by his sons, followed by a cannon salute.

Santoor legend Pandit Shivkumar Sharma was cremated with full state honors in the presence of his family and close friends on May 11. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma died of cardiac arrest at his Mumbai residence on Tuesday. He was 84 years old.

After an honor guard at Juhu, where his remains were kept for people to pay their respects, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma’s funeral was held at Pawan Hans Crematorium in Vile Parle, PTI news agency reports. His last rites were performed by his sons, followed by a cannon salute.

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, born in Jammu in 1938, started learning santour at the age of thirteen. Its first public performance was in Mumbai in 1955. It has been credited with propelling santoor onto the world stage.

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma’s family, including his wife Manorama and sons Rahul and Rohit, were present.

Celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar also paid their last respects to the legendary musician earlier today.

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma collaborated with flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia and guitarist Brij Bhushan Kabra in 1967, and together they produced the acclaimed concept album Call of the Valley.

With Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma composed the music for several Hindi films, including Silsila, Chandni as well as Darr.

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri in 1991 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.

(With PTI entries)


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