Zakir pays touching tribute to friend Pandit Shivkumar Sharma
Zakir pays touching tribute to friend Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Zakir Hussain, the master of the tabla, has pays touching tribute to Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, the master of the santoor. Bollywoodirect uploaded a photo collage on Twitter showing Zakir as one of the pallbearers at Pandit Shivkumar’s burial, carrying the late santoor maestro’s body. In another photo, the tabla maestro is seen standing alone by the burial pyre of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, his hands folded. “Yes, This is my India,” a fan responded to the post.

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Zakir Hussain pays touching tribute to friend Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Earlier this week, the late santoor player was cremated with full state honours in the presence of family and close friends. The 83-year-old musician died of a heart attack at his Pali Hill home on May 10 morning. His funeral was held in Vile Parle’s Pawan Hans Crematorium after a guard of honour in Juhu, where his lifeless remains were preserved for visitors to pay their condolences.

There were members of the musician’s family in attendance, including wife Manorama and kids Rahul and Rohit, as well as acquaintances from the fraternity, including long-time partner Hari Prasad Chaurasia and Zakir. His sons administered his last rites, which were followed by a gun salute.

Actors Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, poet Javed Akhtar, music composer combo Jatin-Lalit, and singer Ila Arun were among the celebrities who paid their respects at his Abhijit Cooperative Housing Society home.

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Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, one of India’s most well-known classical musicians, is credited with bringing the Jammu and Kashmir folk instrument santoor on the international scene. Along with flautist Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia, he straddled the world of Indian cinema as one half of the famed Shiv-Hari composer team.

Silsila, Lamhe, Chandni, and Darr were among the films for which they wrote music. In 1986, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, then the Padma Shri in 1991 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.

On his blog, Amitabh penned a heartfelt tribute to Shivkumar Sharma. “There is the passing away of the Maestro, ShivKumar Sharma, who played the santoor, a unique instrument from Kashmir’s valleys… who composed so many film scores for me and others… continuing success after success numbs you from the anguish of pain… as well as the opposite… Shivkumar ji, who embodied the’santoor’ in all of its glory.. who put his heart and soul into everything he did.. humble despite his immense presence.. and a genius’s talent. A sad end for the master of the string instrument… he and the renowned flautist Hari Prasad Chaurasia ji were a film music duo…He wrote, “I played recorded and departed.”

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