Renowned scholar and Member of Parliament, Dr. Karan Singh released Pandit Shiv Kumar’s Sharma: The Man & His Music, a coffee –table book published by Niyogi Books at a glittering function at India International Centre in New Delhi yesterday evening. A number of legends from the music world were present on the occasion.
The occasion was marked by a lively discussion on the extraordinary life and times of the maestro, during which Dr. Karan Singh highlighted Shiv Kumar’s contribution to enrich the music world in India. Ina Puri, the author, drew upon her own association with the maestro and engaged him in an animated dialogue that touched upon his life and music. She talked to him about not only the highs but also the disappointments, as well as the deep faith that continues to guide him.
Ina Puri is an authority on the visual and performing arts, who has curated a number of exhibitions in India and abroad for over two decades.
This book takes the reader on a journey that goes back to a time when the maestro started out as an adolescent learning the rudiments of Indian classical music under the guidance of his guru and father, Uma Dutt Sharma.
It traces, through fascinating text and rare photographs, the life of the young boy who dared to dream of becoming one of the greatest musicians of the country and then went on to receive the Padma Vibhushan.
Pandit Vijay Kichlu, an old friend and distinguished fellow musician, shares in the book anecdotes from his earliest memories of how he saw Shiv Kumar Sharma establish the santoor in the highly competitive field of Indian classical music.
Manek Premchand, a renowned film historian, talks about the maestro’s long innings as a music composer in the Hindi film industry and as a musician. He provides interesting details of Shiv Kumar Sharma’s association with legendary music directors like S.D. Burman and Naushad.
Ina Puri has collaborated with Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and published a memoir titled Journey with a Hundred Strings: My Life in Music, which was later translated into other regional languages. She has also collaborated with Jabbar Patel on his biopic Antardhwani, which received the National Award. She has written several books on contemporary artists, including a memoir on Manjit Bawa, In Black & White. Ina received the Swarna Kamal for her film, ‘Meeting Manjit’, which was directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta.
Shiv Kumar Sharma: The Man & His Music
Pages: 188 pp
Price: Rs 1250/-
(Press Release: Niyogi Books. New Delhi, 15th March, 2014.)
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