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Hariprasad Chaurasia, half of the musical duo Shiv-Hari, pays a final tribute

Hariprasad Chaurasia with Rahul Sharma son of Pt Shivkumar Sharma. Photo: Viral Bhayani.

Pt Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia formed the famous musical duo Shiv-Hari, who composed the music for several Hindi films including Silsila and Chandni.

Pt Shivkumar Sharma died Tuesday morning in Mumbai after a heart attack. He breathed his last this morning between 8 and 8:30 a.m. at his residence in Bandra. According to his relatives, he died of heart failure. He was 84 years old. Many of his contemporaries and associates in the music industry have paid tribute to the santoor legend.

Sharma was one half of the musical duo Shiv-Hari, the other half being Hariprasad Chaurasia. Chaurasia, a legendary flautist, came to pay his last respects after the death of his former musical partner on Tuesday. Chaurasia was pictured with Pt Shivkumar Sharma’s son, Rahul Sharma.

Hariprasad Chaurasia with Pt Shivkumar Sharma’s son, Rahul Sharma. Photo: Viral Bhayani.

Shiv-Hari has worked on Indian classical music pieces as well as Indian film scores. Although they mostly embarked on solo projects at different times in their respective careers, Shiv-Hari teamed up for eight Hindi films in total. They are: Silsila (1981), Faasle (1985), Vijay (1988), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), Parampara (1993), Sahibaan (1993) and Darr (1993).

As early as 1967, Shiv-Hari went on to record the album titled Call of the Valley. With the active participation of guitarist Brij Bhushan Kabra and the unusual way in which this Indian classical music album was organized, the result was a fresh, bold and slightly controversial form of music. The innovative use of guitar on the album made it popular among people in western countries. It is still one of the most successful Indian classical music albums ever recorded.

This marked the start of the partnership and many live releases followed over the years. As a nod to the 1967 concept album, the duo released a live album The Valley Recalls in 1996.

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