Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma, who placed santoor on the centre stage of classical music, passes away.

He was 84 and is survived by his wife Manorama, and sons Rahul and Rohit.

Santoor is a little-known trapezoid-shaped, stringed instrument from the folk circuit of Jammu and Kashmir.

Shivkumar Sharma was born in Jammu to the singer Uma Dutt Sharma, and his mother tongue was Dogri.

Shivkumar Sharma composed the background music for one of the scenes in Shantaram's film Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje in 1956. 

He recorded his first solo album in 1960.

He has also played tabla in the very popular song 'Mo se chal Kiye jaaye' sung by Lata Mangeshkar in the 1965.

In 1967, he teamed up with flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia and guitarist Brij Bhushan Kabra to produce a concept album, Call of the Valley.

Further, he composed music for many Hindi films in collaboration with Hariprasad Chaurasia, starting with Silsila in 1980.

They came to be known as the Shiv-Hari  (Shivkumar Sharma-Hariprasad Chaurasia) music duo.

Some of the movies they composed music for were musical hits, such as Faasle (1985), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), and Darr (1993).

Awards and Honours received  by pt Shivkumar Sharma.

Honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore, USA, in 1985.

The Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986, the Padma Shri in 1991.

Padma Vibhushan in 2001.

Pandit Chatur Lal Excellence Award - 2015

Platinum Disc for music of film Silsila.

Gold Disc for music of film Faasle.

Platinum Disc for music of film. Chandni