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With Pt. Shivkumar Sharma’s passing, the santoor has fallen silent

With Pt. Shivkumar Sharma’s passing, the santoor has fallen silent

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Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, who handed away just lately, will all the time be remembered for making a people instrument an integral a part of the classical world

Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, who handed away just lately, will all the time be remembered for making a people instrument an integral a part of the classical world

No one else might have been a greater ambassador of the santoor than the Jammu-born Pt. Shivkumar Sharma. Raised within the lap of the Himalayas, he captured the melody of the mountain air and serenity of the snowcapped peaks within the 100-stringed hammered dulcimer. Not surprisingly, Pahadi was amongst his favorite raags and a staple at his concert events. It assumed a definite magnificence on the santoor, evolving in a quaint, unhurried method. His 1993 album, ‘Music of the Mountains’, confirmed how the santoor might recreate the haunting sounds and magical colors of the panorama.

No dialog with the soft-spoken and unassuming maestro was full with out him sharing his reminiscences of the years spent within the khubsurat wadiyan (lovely valley). Although he shifted to Mumbai to be a part of the Hindustani music state of affairs, he all the time mentioned he had left behind part of him in Jammu.

Mera sangeet us mahaul, taalim, tehzeeb ka nichod hai (my music is the essence of that atmosphere, coaching and tradition),” he advised me throughout an interview earlier than a efficiency in Chennai in 2015. Regardless of a complicated presentation fashion, Pt. Shivkumar’s music remained rooted in old-world aesthetics.

He selected to be a santoor artiste on the occasion of his father Uma Dutt Sharma, a skilled vocalist of the Benaras gharana, who might additionally play the tabla and santoor. Although he wasn’t eager to be taught the instrument, Pt. Shivkumar quickly turned its most dynamic voice, a catalyst, who remodeled the unknown people instrument utilized in  sufiana mausiqi (sufi music) into a preferred and full classical instrument. He labored tirelessly to switch its trapezoidal form, the variety of strings, materials of the stick and strings, and performed it by inserting it on the lap as an alternative of on a stand. He additionally improved its vary, enjoying approach and tonal high quality and ultimately turned a sought-after soloist.

“You possibly can say I nurtured it in my lap very very like how a mom tends to a child,” he smiled working his hand gently over the strings in the course of the interview. After I got down to fulfil my father’s dream and imaginative and prescient, purists and critics tried to place me down. They suggested me to return to vocal music or to enjoying the tabla, wherein I’m well-versed too. The extra they dissuaded me, the extra I turned decided to go forward. And as we speak, right here I’m.”

Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma and Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia performing at Bharat Bhawan in Bhopal on in 2014.

Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma and Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia acting at Bharat Bhawan in Bhopal on in 2014.
| Photograph Credit score: PTI

In his palms, the santoor additionally obtained world acclaim, and he carried out at main worldwide festivals. As a lot as he was a stickler for custom, Pt. Shivkumar was open-minded sufficient to always push the boundaries of classical music to widen its enchantment. Says his senior disciple and santoor exponent, Satish Vyas, “His largest achievement was turning non-classical listeners into rasikas. He would say, ‘Whether or not you observe the repertoire or search cross-genre collaborations, preserve the dignity of your artwork. It’s our accountability to create a devoted  shrota (listeners) for it’.”

Satish feels indebted to his guru for serving to him make this instrument his life’s calling. “At 13, once I first heard him play the santoor, I knew I wished to be his disciple. Essentially the most endearing trainer, he would repeat each single nuance and word with persistence. Generally the lessons would go on for 3 to 4 hours. On the finish of which, you’d nonetheless discover him relaxed and smiling. He would by no means ship his sishyas again with out feeding them.”

Pt. Shivkumar was captivated with making the santoor part of various music settings. His austere strategies didn’t cramp his free-flowing creativeness. “My perception within the santoor’s attain and potential are so sturdy that I’m by no means afraid to discover. I do know it can by no means let me down. Everytime I decide it up, I view the world with renewed confidence,” he had mentioned when requested about composing for movies.

Within the Sixties, he joined palms with pal and collaborator Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, releasing albums below the banner, ‘Shiv-Hari’. Additionally they created melodious songs at a time when loud and racy western-inspired tunes outlined movie music.

When director Yash Chopra roped them as music administrators for  Silsila, the choice shocked each the movie and classical worlds. However the two masters proved that their music is just not restricted by genres and labels.

Throughout an interview in 2016, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, described this lengthy musical partnership as not simply the approaching collectively of two very completely different devices, however the assembly of two pondering minds and easy souls. “Acche guru ka milna aur sangeet mein acche saath-sangat ka hona, maa Saraswati ki den hain (to get a superb guru and collaborator is the blessing of Saraswati).”

Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma and Ustad Zakir Hussain performing in New Delhi on February 19, 2008.

Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma and Ustad Zakir Hussain performing in New Delhi on February 19, 2008.
| Photograph Credit score: SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR

Pt. Shivkumar was usually accompanied at concert events on the tabla by Ustad Zakir Hussain, who, although identified for his showmanship, would favor to be unobstrusive and subdued with Panditji. “If you share the stage with musicians like him, you’ve got to bear in mind their pioneering efforts to take music to such nice heights,” he had mentioned after a efficiency in Chennai in 2010.

Son and disciple Rahul Sharma has been carrying ahead the legacy, however was all the time inspired by Pt. Shivkumar to search out his personal area on the planet of music and seek for newer expressions fairly like how he had executed.

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