T. Chowdiah Award conferred on Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

RARE HONOUR: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting Sangeetha Ratna Mysore T. Chowdiah Award to santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma at the silver jubilee celebrations of Chowdiah Memorial Hall in Bangalore on Monday. Also seen are (from right) T ransport Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge, Governor T. N. Chaturvedi and Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy  

Bangalore: Eminent santoor virtuoso Pandit Shivkumar Sharma was on Monday conferred with ``Sangeeta Ratna Mysore T. Chowdiah'' award by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

The award was bestowed on the eminent musician by the Academy of Music at the conclusion of the silver jubilee celebration of the construction of the violin-shaped Chowdiah Memorial Hall built in the memory of eminent Carnatic violinist T. Chowdaiah.

Dr. Kalam said he woke up every day at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan to the strains of the santoor from Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and said he had all the collections of the santoor wizard.

Speaking after receiving the award, Pandit Sharma said that music is beyond the barriers of religion, caste or creed and ushered in unity, harmony, peace and friendship in the country.

The award besides a citation, carries a prize money of Rs. 1 lakh and a gold chain.

The President later spent some time at the auditorium to hear the santoor recital of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. — UNI