Santoor maestro Bhajan Sopori composed music for over 6,000 songs


New Delhi: Santoor maestro Bhajan Sopori, sometimes called the ‘saint of santoor’ and ‘king of strings’ for his mastery over the instrument, died on Thursday at a Gurugram hospital following a battle with most cancers. He was 73. Sopori is survived by his spouse and two sons Sorabh and Abhay, who additionally performs the santoor.

Sopori’s dying comes simply weeks after santoor virtuoso Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, who additionally belonged to Kashmir and took the stringed instrument to the classical music stage, died on May 10. And on Saturday, playback singer KK handed away on Saturday in Kolkata following a cardiac arrest. 

Sopori acquired a number of awards by his profession, together with the Padma Shri in 2004, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1992 and the Jammu and Kashmir State Lifetime Achievement Award. The musician-composer belonged to north Kashmir’s Sopore district and got here from the ‘Sufiana Gharana’.

Sopori, who gave his first public efficiency on the age of 10, was initiated into the intricacies of santoor enjoying by his grandfather Pandit Samsar Chand Sopori and later by his father Pandit Shamboo Nath Sopori. The musician is taken into account a pioneer in establishing the santoor on nationwide and worldwide platforms as a whole solo instrument. He can be credited with innovating the instrument to enhance its tonal high quality and vary.

Sopori had a double Masters diploma in Indian classical music, specialising in each the sitar and the santoor. The versatile artiste additionally had a Masters diploma in English Literature and studied Western Classical Music at Washington University.

Sopori composed music for over 6,000 songs in virtually all Indian languages, together with Hindi, Kashmiri, Dogri, Sindhi, Urdu and Bhojpuri, in addition to Persian and Arabic. During his profession, he composed music for ‘ghazals’ written by greats similar to Ghalib, Daag, Momin, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Iqbal, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Firakh Gaurakhpuri. He additionally set to tune the works of Kabir and Meera Bai.

In 2011, Sopori was honoured with a Rs 5 stamp, a particular tribute by the Indian Postal Department for his extraordinary work within the area of artwork and tradition.

National Conference chief Omar Abdullah described him as a ‘colossus on the planet of classical Indian music who made the santoor his personal’. Condoling the musician’s dying on Twitter, the previous chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir stated he was “very sorry to listen to in regards to the tragic demise of Padma Shri Pandit Bhajan Sopori sahib. A terrific son of the soil…”

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