Shiv Kumar Sharma
are the instances in which the name of an artist becomes
synonymous with the instrument he plays. One such artist
is Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and the instrument is santoor.
Ingenious, imaginative and innovative, he transformed
the little-known Kashmiri folk instrument into a full-fledged
solo concert instrument in Indian classical music.
Born in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Shivkumar
learned vocal music at a young age and acquired a respectable
command over tabla. Later, he spent several years in
developing and perfecting a new technique for playing
classical music on santoor. His father, the late Pandit
Uma Dutt Sharma, was his foremost teacher.
Currently, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is recognized in
India and abroad as one of the most accomplished exponents
of Indian classical music. In 1987 the Sangeet Natak
Academy bestowed on him the National Award for his unique
contributions to Indian classical music.