Santoor maestro Pt Bhajan Sopori passes away in Gurugram hospital

NEW DELHI: Bhajan Sopori, the Santoor maestro, died on Thursday in a Gurugram hospital following battle with colon cancer. He was 73 years old.

Sopori is survived by  wife and two sons, Sorabh and Abhay, both of whom play santoor.

"He was diagnosed with colon cancer in June of last year." Three weeks ago, we admitted him to Fortis, Gurugram, for immunotherapy treatment. It did not work for him and his health deteriorated," his son Abhay said. On Friday, the last rituals will be performed at the Lodhi Road cremation.

Sopori has won numerous 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. He studied western classical music at Washington University and Hindustani music from his father and grandfather.

Born in Srinagar in 1948, he had a double masters degree in Indian classical music specialising both in sitar and santoor.

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