Jammu & Kashmir

Santoor maestro Bhajan Sopori dies

Bhajan Sopori. [File Photo]

Srinagar: Bhajan Sopori, a legendary Santoor master who was also a recipient of the Padma Shree award, died on Thursday at Fortis hospital in Gurgaon.

Sopori was born in Sopore town of Baramulla in 1948. He is a maestro of the traditional Indian musical instrument, Santoor and a renowned musician. On the occasion of the 67th anniversary of India’s Republic Day, he was presented with the Jammu and Kashmir State Lifetime Achievement Award.

“He was diagnosed with colon cancer last year in June. We admitted him to Fortis, Gurugram, three weeks back for immunotherapy treatment. It didn’t work for him and his health deteriorated,” his son Abhay told PTI.

Sopori received multiple awards throughout his career, including the Padma Shri in 2004, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1992, and the Jammu and Kashmir State Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Sopori learned western classical music from Washington University and Hindustani music from his father and grandfather.


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