03 August, 2021

Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma

The great exponent of santoor speaks after his performance in the capital

Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma

You are credited for the classical status of santoor.

My father and guru bestowed the instrument to me, convinced of its potential.

Santoor has also gained international recognition.

By the mid-1960s santoor got recognition in Indian classical music and after Ustad Alla Rakha sahab played tabla with me in the US it went international.

With fusion music’s increasing popularity classical music is increasingly becoming a niche interest.

Fusion music may be popular but classical music has also spread all over the globe.

You’ve shared the stage with Ustad Zakir Hussain too.

I have a long association with Zakir Hussain. He played the first concert with me probably when he was a teenager.

Did you want to do anything other than music?

I could never think of doing anything else.

Was it difficult to maintain the bar set by your father?

I can't match the knowledge my fat­her had, but the...

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