Shivkumar Sharma dies at 84: How Yash Chopra believed in santoor legend, gave us Silsila, Lamhe, Chandni and Darr

MD Merajul IslamMay 10, 2022

Shivkumar Sharma’s picture enjoying a santoor will stay etched in our reminiscences for occasions immemorial. The music icon, who handed away on the age of 84 on Tuesday, has left behind a physique of labor that’s going to stay a benchmark in Indian classical music for generations. Sharma might be credited for popularising santoor in India, as his son Rahul Sharma continues to take the legacy ahead.

As India mourns the demise of the legend, we have a look again at Shivkumar Sharma‘s musical trajectory, which additionally catered to Bollywood.

Shivkumar Sharma was one half of the music composer duo Shiv-Hari with classical flautist and one other legend, Hariprasad Chaurasia. The music administrators gave quite a few memorable tunes to Hindi movies, together with some noteworthy classical notes.

Santoor participant Shivkumar Sharma and flute participant Hari Prasad Chaurasia. (Photograph: Specific Archives)

Shivkumar began his stint in films with the background rating in Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje (1956), directed by V. Shantaram. He later recorded his first solo album in 1960.

He had beforehand spoken about Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje. “Vasant Desai (music director) didn’t perceive the technicalities of the santoor and customarily left me to my units to discover and play like I wished,” he had advised DNA beforehand.

The santoor legend added that V. Shantaram was immensely impressed by his work and ultimately provided him his subsequent undertaking too — Toofan aur Diya. “I thanked him profusely and apologised saying I wished to finish my training like my father wished and went again to Jammu,” he mentioned.

Shivkumar’s first collaboration with Hariprasad Chaurasia was their idea album, Name of the Valley in 1967, together with guitarist Brij Bhushan Kabra. Quickly after, Shivkumar and Hariprasad joined fingers as Shiv-Hari and composed music for his or her first movie, Silsila (1981). The Yash Chopra directorial starred Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Jaya Bachchan and Sanjeev Kumar. Shiv-Hari made Amitabh sing two tracks within the hit movie too — “Neela Aasman So Gaya” and “Rang Barse”. Shivkumar revealed that as an ode to Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje, its bhajan “Jo Tum Todo” was included even in Silsila.

In his phrases, “We had no concept Silsila’s music would catch on the way in which it did.” He advised PTI, “I bear in mind when Yash Chopra requested me and Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia to compose music for Silsila, everybody thought he was taking an enormous threat by signing classical musicians. There’s a distinction between classical and movie music. And it was an amazing problem to dwell as much as (movie music).”

For the following a number of years, Shiv-Hari’s Bollywood collaborations remained with Yash Chopra. These included Faasle (1985), Vijay (1988), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), Parampara (1993) and Darr (1993). Additionally they made music for Sahibaan (1993) starring Rishi Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit.

Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia labored collectively for over a decade earlier than parting methods. “Hariji and me have been doing movies so long as it didn’t intervene with our classical music. Later it turned tough as each of us have been touring,” he advised DNA.

He mentioned in a PTI interview, “The shelf-life of music, songs could be very quick at this time. Previous songs are nonetheless remembered and folks like them even now. I doubt if any music of late has caught my consideration.”

Shivkumar needed to decline Dil Toh Pagal Hai too, regardless of Yash Chopra sending him tickets to journey again from Jammu. However, Shivkumar’s expertise wasn’t simply restricted to his santoor. He as soon as revealed that he was even provided a task in a movie. This was when he was recording for filmmaker Khwaja Ahmed Abbas. “He referred to as me apart. I believed he wished to inform me one thing particular however he provided me Saat Hindustani as an actor. ‘Dikhate-bolte bhi theek ho… kad-kaathi bhi sahi hai.’ (You look good, converse nicely. You also have a first rate persona). I folded my fingers and mentioned I wished to pursue music,” Shivkumar shared.

He stayed away from Bollywood put up Darr in 1993. He believed {that a} filmmaker’s style impacted the music, which was closely influenced by “Western beats and has extra noise than melody.”

“We’re such nice imitators of even mediocrity,” he believed. In response to him, the present occasions lacked the “proper type of administrators to work with.”

Shiv-Hari continued to do dwell reveals collectively even after giving up composing for films.

Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia obtained Greatest Music Director Filmfare nominations for Silsila, Chandni, Lamhe and Darr. The santoor legend was additionally bestowed with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001.


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