Artiste of the Month - March 2019
Shiv Kumar Sharma
Padma Vibhushan Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is undoubtedly one of the greatest virtuosos of our times. He has been feted all over the world for the creativity of his artistic expression, the depth of his knowledge and the purity of his sound. He is truly an ambassador for our country in the field of art and culture.
His contribution to the world of music is seminal. He has single-handedly revived the hitherto obscure instrument, the Santoor, and made it an indispensable part of the Classical Music concert stage. Indeed, he has succeeded in creating for the Santoor an identity, being the phenomenal musician that he is. Groomed by his father Pandit Umadatt Sharma, he has risen to stellar heights and has created a space for himself that is uniquely his own.
Through performances spanning over half a century, he has mesmerised audiences across the world with the romance as well as the technical virtuosity of Raga music. Innumerable national and international awards and honours have been conferred upon him. He has been bestowed the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986, the Padma Shri in 1991 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001. In 1985, he was declared an honorary citizen of the city of Baltimore, USA.