Pandit Shivkumar Sharma merged into Panchtatva, cremated with state honors

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Funeral: Eminent santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma was cremated with full state honors in the presence of family and friends on Wednesday. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma died of a heart attack on Tuesday at the age of 83 at his residence in Pali Hill.

Sharma is credited with giving global recognition to the Santoor, a folk instrument of Jammu and Kashmir. His body was kept in Juhu by the public to pay tribute. There he was given a “Guard of Honour”. After this, he was cremated at the Pawan Hans funeral site of Vile Parle. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma’s wife Manorama and their sons Rahul and Rohit, friends, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia and tabla player Zakir Hussain were present on the occasion. The mortal remains of the late musician were lit by his sons followed by a gun salute.

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Earlier today, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, lyricist Javed Akhtar, Jatin-Lalit and singer Ila Arun among others paid tribute to Sharma at the Abhijeet Cooperative Society.

Javed Akhtar said this thing

Javed Akhtar told reporters that Santoor’s name will always be synonymous with Sharma’s name. He said, “Whenever a great personality dies, some things are said like ‘There will be no one like him’, ‘Now there is a void that no one can fill.’ But in the case of Shiva ji, this is not just a saying but it is true. When a musician learns to play an instrument and plays it in a way that no one else can play, he becomes a master, but when Shiva ji played the santoor, that instrument got respect all over the world.

Akhtar said, “In future, whenever Santoor’s name is taken after 100 years or thousand years, it will be incomplete without Shivkumar Sharma. Shivakumar’s relationship with Santoor is the same as Einstein’s with modern science.

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