Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma to get lifetime achievement award

New Delhi, Aug 17 (PTI) Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv KumarSharma will be conferred upon with the annual Sangeet MartandUstad Chand Khan Lifetime Achievement Award this year,Sursagar Society of Dilli Gharana has announced. The 23rd edition of the festival that celebrates Indianclassical art is scheduled to be held on September 13 andSeptember 14 here with performances by some of the leadingHindustani classical vocal and instrumental maestros. A Padma Vibhushan recipient, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma wasborn in Jammu in 1938, and is believed to be the firstmusician to have played Indian classical music on the santoor,a folk instrument from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The maestro will also be performing at the festival. The society has been felicitating stalwarts of Indianclassical music and dance with the award since 1986 torecognise their contribution towards enriching the art forms. While last year, the honour was conferred upon Kathakexponent Pandit Birju Maharaj, others who have received theaward in the past include Pandit Jasraj, Ustad Abdul HaleemJaffar Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and a centenarian UstadAbdul Rashid Khan. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000, a memento anda citation. According to organisers, the festival aims to resonate amusical spirit among "music connoisseurs from far and wide" aswell as offer them an opportunity to connect with the artform. "Music speaks directly to the heart. This response, thisecho within the heart, is proof that human hearts cantranscend the barriers of time and space and nationality. Thevoice has the power to transform life from within, tostrengthen and purify it," says Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan,General Secretary of Sursagar Society of Delhi Gharana. Highlights of the two-day celebration include a vocalrecital by Khalifa of Dilli Gharana, Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan onthe first day, and a sarod recital by Pandit Tajendra NarayanMajumdar followed by a vocal piece by Pandita Ashwini BhideDeshpande on the second. Established by Ustad Chand Khan Sahab in 1940, theSursagar society aims to conserve and promote an awareness ofour rich and heterogeneous culture by focussing on theclassical arts. "We’re trying to save an art, the art of music, which isprecisely, an implication of the collective conscience of theIndian civilization," organisers said. The society has been holding music festivals across Delhi,Kolkata and Ranchi for over 70 years now, honouring artistswho seek to develop interest in Indian Classical Music. PTITRSANS

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