Shiv Kumar Sharma Biography, Age And Career

In this article we will discuss details of Shiv Kumar Sharma, his achievements and career.

Shiv Kumar Sharma, also known as Shiv Kumar or Shivkumar, was an Indian sanr (hammered dulcimer) virtuoso who is credited with transforming the instrument from a primarily accompanimental and ensemble role in the Sufi music of Kashmir to a solo role in the Hindustani classical music tradition of North India. He was born on January 13, 1938, in Jammu (now in Jammu and Kashmir), India, and passed away on May 10, 2022.

Shiv Kumar Sharma Biography
shiv Kumar Sharma Biography

Career Of Shiv Kumar Sharma 

When Sharma was five years old, he started taking music lessons. His father, Uma Dutt Sharma, who was a skilled Hindustani vocalist, tabla (a pair of drums), and pakhavaj (a double-headed drum) player in the Benaras gharana tradition, served as his teacher (community of performers who share a distinctive musical style). 

Shiv Kumar studied the tabla and singing, and by the time he was 12 years old, he was performing for the local Jammu radio station. His father introduced him to the sanr, a dulcimer with roughly 100 strings that was well-known in the Sufi community, when he was a teenager.

Santoor, also known as Shata-Tantri Veena, was employed as an accompaniment to a particular kind of singing known as Sufiana Mausiqi in the early decades of the 20th century. 

After doing thorough research on the santoor, Pandit Uma Dutt Sharma was convinced of the instrument’s potential and gave his only son, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, the task of putting it on the concert stage.

Santoor was altered by Shiv Kumar Sharma to better fit his traditional approach. He expanded the range to encompass the whole three octaves and introduced the new chromatic arrangement of notes.

Santoor was altered by Shiv Kumar Sharma to better fit his traditional approach. He expanded the range to encompass the whole three octaves and introduced the new chromatic arrangement of notes. Additionally, he created a brand-new playing style on the spot that allowed him to sustain notes and keep the musical flow. Shiv Kumar Sharma successfully promoted the Santoor not only in India but also throughout the rest of the world by bringing it on a par with other classical instruments.

Songs of Shiv Kumar Sharma 

Jag Suna Suna Lage

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – Om Shanti Om

Shiv Kumar Sharma

Shiv Kumar Sharma Songs

Stillness of the Lake

Dhun

Shiv Kumar Sharma – Live Concert – Swarutsav 2000 Shiv Kumar Sharma

Shikara By Moonligh

Shiv Kumar Sharma – Sound Of The Himalayas

Karle Bhajan Radha Rani Ka (Haryanvi)

Shiv Kumar Sharma – Karle Bhajan Radha Rani Ka (Haryanvi)

Walking in the Rain

Shiv Kumar Sharma – Spa Special – Music to Help You Relax

Asato M Sadagamay-English Version

Shankar Mahadevan – Upanishad Amrut (English Version)

Upanishad Amrut, Pt. 5

Shankar Mahadevan – Upanishad Amrut

Upanishad Amrut, Pt. 2

Shankar Mahadevan – Upanishad Amrut

Upanishad Amrut, Pt. 6-English Version

Shankar Mahadevan – Upanishad Amrut (English Version)

Yato Vacho Nivrtante

Shankar Mahadevan – Upanishad Amrut

The Spaces Of Silence – Raga Antardhwani, Jod

Rahul Sharma – Antardhwani – The Song Within, Vol. I

Spirit of Kashmir

Shiv Kumar Sharma – I-Age

Upanishad Amrut, Pt. 5-English Version

Shankar Mahadevan – Upanishad Amrut (English Version)

Dewdrops

Shiv Kumar Sharma – H2O

Upanishad Amrut, Pt. 4-English Version

Shankar Mahadevan – Upanishad Amrut (English Version)

Raga Megh

Shafaat Ahmed Khan – Megh Malhar Vol. 2

Ishavasyam Sarva

Shankar Mahadevan – Upanishad Amrut

Ishavasyam Sarva-English Version

Shankar Mahadevan – Upanishad Amrut (English Version)

Upanishad Amrut, Pt. 1

Shankar Mahadevan – Upanishad Amrut

Sa Ya Eshonimaitadalyaminda-English Version

Shankar Mahadevan – Upanishad Amrut (English Version)

Raga Kirwani

Shiv Kumar Sharma – The Best Of Hindustani Instrumental, Vol. 1 & 2

Asato M Sadagamay

Shankar Mahadevan – Upanishad Amrut

Sa Ya Eshonimaitadalyaminda

Shankar Mahadevan – Upanishad Amrut

Resonances Of Solitude – Raga Antardhwani, Gat In Madhyalya Jhaptala

Shiv Kumar Sharma – Antardhwani – The Song Within, Vol. II

Mountain Love Song

Shiv Kumar Sharma – Soundscapes – Mountains

Smaran

Shiv Kumar Sharma – Ananda – Bliss

Yan Manasa Na Manute-English Version

Shankar Mahadevan – Upanishad Amrut (English Version)

Call of the Valley

Hariprasad Chaurasia – Soundscapes – Valleys

Mirrors Of Infinity – Raga Antardhwani, Alap

Rahul Sharma – Antardhwani – The Song Within, Vol. I

Twilight Shadows

Shiv Kumar Sharma – Soundscapes – Mountains

In 1967, Kumar collaborated with Brij Bhusan Kabra and flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia to create the album Call of the Valley (1967), which became one of the most popular works of Indian classical music. After that, Kumar and Hariprasad worked together to compose the music for the movie Silsila (1980). Shiv-Hari became known later on after releasing successful songs like Faasle (1985), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), and Darr (1993). He was given honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore, USA, in 1985, the Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1986, the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.

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