Indian classical music lovers lost a legend with the passing of Santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma from cardiac arrest on May 10. He was 84. Reactions started pouring in:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi: 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 enthrall the coming generations. I fondly remember my interactions with him. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti. https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/1523927993848107010?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1523927993848107010%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fpib.gov.in%2FPressReleasePage.aspx%3FPRID%3D1824106
Health Minister Vishwajit Rane: Saddened by the passing away of Santoor Maestro #PanditShivkumarSharma Ji. A huge loss to the world of music. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family members and fans all over the world.
Minister for Tourism, IT and Printing & Stationery, Rohan Khaunte: The World of Music goes silent as Santoor Maestro PadmaVibhushan Pandit Shivkumar Sharma ascends to his heavenly abode leaving behind timeless music for generations to come.
GPCC Chief, Amit Patkar: A great loss to India and Classical music fans. My condolences on the passing away of the Santoor legend, Pandit ShivKumar Sharma https://twitter.com/amitspatkar/status/1523941884464439297