Pandit Bhajan Sopori passes away: Santoor player and renowned composer Pandit Bhajan Sopori has passed away. He was undergoing treatment at Fortis Hospital in Gurugram. Born in 1948, Pandit Bhajan Sopori was a resident of Sopore Valley in Kashmir. He belonged to the Sufiana gharana of Indian classical music.
Bhajan Sopori breathed her last at the age of 74. He gave his first performance in 1953 at the age of five. In a career spanning several decades, he performed in Egypt, England, Germany, as well as the US.
Also taught music at Washington University
He learned Western classical music from the University of Washington and from his grandfather SC Sopori and father Shambhu Nath. In fact, Bhajan Sopori also taught music at the University of Washington. Sopori was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1992 and the Padma Shri in 2004 for his contribution to Indian classical music.
Notably, last month, legendary composer and santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma passed away due to cardiac arrest. He was suffering from kidney related ailments for the last six months and was also undergoing dialysis.