Rare 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 exponent of Indian classical music. In 1987
the Sangeet Natak Academy bestowed on him the National Award
for his unique contributions to Indian classical music.