On this day in Music we celebrate Shivkumar Sharma’s Birthday. Shivkumar Sharma was born and brought up in Jammu, India. He is an Indian Santoor player by profession. The Santoor is a folk instrument from Kashmir and Jammu. Sharma is often referred to by the title “Pandit.”
His father started teaching him vocals and tabla when he was just five! Uma Dutt Sharma did "extensive research" on the santoor, and decided that Sharma should be the first musician to play Indian classical music on the santoor. So he started learning santoor at the age of thirteen, and made his father's dream come true. He gave his first public performance in Bombay in the year 1955.
In 1967, he teamed up with flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia and Brij Bhushan Kabra to produce a concept album, Call of the Valley which turned out to be one of the greatest hits in Indian Classical Music. He has composed music for many Hindi films in collaboration with Hariprasad Chaurasia starting with Silsila. They came to be known as the 'Shiv-Hari' music duo. Some of the movies they composed music for that were big musical hits are Faasle (1985), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991) and Darr (1993).
Shivkumar is also the recipient of national and international awards, including an honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore, USA, in 1985, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986, the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.
We wish this talented artist a very Happy Birthday!