Santoor Maestro Bhajan Sopori Passed Away at the Age of 73

PERSON AND PLACES

Santoor maestro Bhajan Sopori passed away at the age of 73 following a battle with colon cancer.

He is often referred to as the ‘saint of santoor’ and ‘king of strings’ for his mastery over the instrument. His last rites were held at the Lodhi Road crematorium in Delhi.

He received multiple awards throughout his career - Padma Shri (2004), the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1992) and the Jammu and Kashmir State Lifetime Achievement Award (2016). In 2011, Sopori was honored with Rs.5 stamps, a special tribute by the Indian Postal Department for his extraordinary work in the field of art and culture.

Sopori, who gave his first public performance at the age of 10 and later was considered a pioneer in establishing the santoor on national and international platforms. 

After composing over 6000 songs in many languages, he is also credited with innovating the instrument to improve its tonal quality and range.

Earlier in May, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma of Jammu and Kashmir passed away. He is a legendary musician and santoor player. A week earlier, playback singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK passed away. Singer Lata Mangeshkar and music composer Bappi Lahiri also died in 2022.

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • Santoor maestro Bhajan Sopori passed away at the age of 73 following a battle with colon cancer.
  • He is often referred to as the ‘saint of santoor’ and ‘king of strings’ for his mastery over the instrument. 
  • He received multiple awards throughout his career - Padma Shri (2004), the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1992) and the Jammu and Kashmir State Lifetime Achievement Award (2016). 
  • Other people related to the music field died in 2022 are;
  • Legendary musician and santoor player Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma passed away in May 2022.
  • Playback singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK passed away. 
  • Singer Lata Mangeshkar and music composer Bappi Lahiri also died in 2022.
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