Santoor maestro Shivkumar Sharma died at aged 84

Santoor maestro Shivkumar Sharma died at aged 84

Tributes flow in for santoor player and Indian music composer Pandit Shivkumar Sharma who passed away at age 84 on Tuesday. The Indian music composer, who breathed his last in Mumbai, had been suffering from kidney-related issues for six months and was on dialysis.

Pt Shivkumar Sharma, one of India's most well-known classical musicians, died between 8 and 8:30 am at his Pali Hill residence in Mumbai. His secretary Dinesh told news agency Press Trust of India.

He had been active till the end and was due to perform in Bhopal next week. He was also suffering from renal ailments.

"He had a serious heart attack in the morning... He was active and was to perform next week in Bhopal. He was on regular dialysis but still was active," a family source told the Press Trust of India.

Paying tribute to the Indian music composer, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that our cultural world is poor without him.

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PM Modi tweeted.

"Our cultural world is poorer with the passing of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Ji. He popularised the Santoor at a world level. His music will continue to attract the coming generations. I fondly remember my interactions with Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Ji. Condolences to his family. Om Shanti,"

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma was to perform next week in Bhopal.

The Jammu-born Indian music composer, also a Padma Vibhushan recipient, is believed to be the first musician to have played classical music on the Santoor, a folk instrument from J & Kashmir.

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