Paying tributes to renowned santoor player and music composer Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that the cultural world is poorer with the musician's passing away.

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma popularised santoor at the global level, and his music will continue to enthrall the coming generations, PM Modi tweeted.  

The classical musician died this morning following a heart attack. He was 84. "Our cultural world is poorer with the demise of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Ji. He popularised the Santoor at a global level.

His music will continue to enthral the coming generations. I fondly remember my interactions with him. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti," PM Modi said. 

"Sad to know about the demise of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, eminent Santoor player and internationally celebrated Indian music composer," Ms Banerjee tweeted.

"My profound condolences over the passing away of santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. The Indian Classical Music will never be the same in his absence. RIP!," Captain Amarinder Singh said.

A Padma Vibhushan recipient, Shivkumar Sharma was born in Jammu in 1938 & is believed to be the first musician to have played Indian classical music on the santoor, from Jammu & Kashmir.

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