Magician of strings, Shiv Kumar breathed soul into the santoor

Shiv Kumar Sharma, who reshaped the personality and identity of santoor elevating the instrument’s profile and stature across the globe, and who composed a bunch of dulcet melodies in tandem with renowned flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia in Yash Chopra romances and thrillers, passed away following a heart attack in Mumbai on Tuesday morning. He was 84.