Date- 27th February, 2016
Venue- Tata Theatre, National Centre for Performing Arts ( NCPA), Nariman Point, Mumbai
Time- 7.30pm onwards
Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma is one of the foremost and internationally acclaimed Indian classical music maestro playing the traditional Indian string instrument, the SANTOOR. He has made several innovations to the instrument and his name is virtually synonymous with it. Bestowed with an outstanding in-depth knowledge about the classical music, he has enthralled audiences by giving countless concerts throughout the world. He has been felicitated with a number of awards and honours including the very prestigious Padma Vibhushan, India’s 2nd highest Civilian award of India.
Santoor is a very ancient instrument of India. The original name of this instrument was Shata-tantri Veena which in Sanskrit language means a Veena of 100 Strings. Today, when we say Veena, it means a specific instrument but in ancient times Veena was a common word for different kinds of string instruments. The first string instrument was called Pinaki-Veena. The idea to create this instrument came from the Bow & Arrow when Arrow was released it created a sound out of that idea somebody created a musical instrument and named it Pinaki Veena.. In the Western Countries this instrument is called the Harp and in India we have got a miniature form of the same instrument known as “Swarmandal” which many vocalists these days use while singing
This instrument got its present name Santoor with the Persian language influence in our Country. There are Hundred Strings in Santoor. It is a hollow box on top of which there are 25 bridges. Each bridge used to have 4 strings resting on it. To play this instrument, two wooden mallets are used. This instrument had been in use in the Valley of Kashmir for many centuries, in a typical type of Music known as “Sufiana Mausiqi” which means a music connected with Sufi philosophy
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