Pt Shivkumar Sharma was a passionate champion of Indian culture: Chitravina Ravikiran | Tamil Cinema News
Speaking of him, Ravikiran says, “I have known him for 35 to 40 years now. I first met him at a festival and it was a brief interaction. Later, in the 1980s, he attended one of my concerts at the Festival of India. , in a relationship with. Even when I was a teenager he was a big superstar. Since then, we have worked in several festivals in Europe, the United States and India. He was one of the sweetest and most cultured artists you can see. His art spoke for itself. He made an instrument like the santoor, which houses the most exquisite music. He was a household name worldwide as he had not only Indian listeners but across the globe he had fans and admirers.
Ravikiran says he and Pandit Shivkumar have worked together at several music conferences. “We lobbied the Prime Minister for greater exposure to culture. We worked together for the betterment of music, culture and the arts by attending several conferences. He was a passionate advocate for culture India and the biggest contributor,” he said.
Reminiscing on one of those fond memories, Ravikiran says, “I’ll never forget the day he and Zakkir Hussain ji soundchecked my concert in London. I was 18 or 19 at the time, but he graciously came backstage to do it while I was in. He was so down to earth.
The last time Ravikiran interacted with the late legend was before COVID. “We used to talk on the phone about culture-related aspects. I used to discuss some of my environmental initiatives, which he wholeheartedly supported. I knew him both professionally and personally. It’s a huge loss, indeed. We need to mourn his death and celebrate his life,” says Ravikiran.