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Santoor maestro Pandit Bhajan Sopori passes away

Santoor maestro Pandit Bhajan Sopori passes away

  • He was suffering from colon cancer. 
  • He was former Director of Music at All India Radio and looked after Hindustani Classical Music. 
  • Along with Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, he is credited to have brought santoor, a lesser known Kashmiri instrument, into the global limelight.
  • Sopori was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1992 and the Padma Shri in 2004.
  • In 2009 he was honoured with the Baba Allaudin Khan Award.