JAMMU, May 11: Paying his glowing tributes to Santoor Maestro Padma Vibhushan Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma who breathed his last in Mumbai, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) J&K Executive Member Raman Suri today said that to honour the son of the soil who took Santoor to world level, the Institute of Music and Fine Arts (IMFA) Jammu should be renamed as Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma Institute of Music and Fine Arts.
Raman Suri urged the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to rename IMFA as Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma Institute of Music and Fine Arts, adding that this would be a great tribute to the son of the soil who not only made Jammu and Kashmir blink on the international map of music but also made Dogras and Dogri language proud. The institute, he added, teaches music and renaming it after Santoor Maestro will encourage students and make them know more about this legend, who also gave music to many films of Bollywood.
He said that, with his demise a void has emerged in the world of music and Jammu, where his ancestoral home is situated in the Mubarak Mandi area, has suffered a huge loss. He started his journey into the music world with the guidance of his legendry father Uma Dutt Sharma, who was his first teacher, introduced him to music at the age of five and used to take him to radio station with him.
Raman Suri said, the person who started his professional career by performing at Jammu's Sanatan Dharm Natak Samaj went on to become one of the finest Santoor players in the world and also gave music to films like Silsila, Lamhe and Chandni. He was the first musician who took Jammu and Kashmir's instrument Santoor to world level and left the audience spellbound by this scintillating performances.
Recipient of Padma Vibhushan, Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi awards, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma used to practice for hours and Jammu, Raman Suri said, used to live in his heart. He ensured to play at least one Dogri song while performing world over, which reflected his love for his mother tonge and motherland.
Associated with Banaras Gharana, Shiv Kumar Sharma performed for the first time in Mumbai in 1955 and after that he never looked back and continued to perform globally. Raman Suri said that his demise has created a vacuum in the music world and especially, the people of Jammu are feeling the heat of a great loss. He reiterated that IMFA should be renamed after Santoor Maestro or any road or iconic building should be named after him as a mark of respect.