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Shiv-Hari refers to the Indian music director duo of Shivkumar Sharma, an eminent Santoor player and Hariprasad Chaurasia, a virtuoso flutist. The duo has worked on Indian classical music pieces as well as major Indian movie scores.



As early as 1967, Shiv-Hari went on to record the album titled Call of the Valley. With the active participation of accomplished guitarist Brij Bhushan Kabra and the unusual way in which this Indian classical music album was organized, the result was a fresh, edgy and slightly controversial form of music.[1] The innovative use of the guitar on the album made it popular among people from Western countries. It is still one of the most successful Indian classical music albums ever made.[1][2]

This marked the beginning of the partnership of the two masters and numerous live outings followed over the years. As a nod to the 1967 concept album, the duo released a live album The Valley Recalls in 1995.[3]


Although they mostly embarked on solo projects at different points of their respective careers, Shiv-Hari teamed up again for eight Hindi movies in total.[4] Below is a list of those movies:

Silsila, Shiv-Hari's first major hit, starred Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha and had most of lyrics written by Javed Akhtar. Three songs stand out from the rest of the score: the romantic duet Dekha Ek Khwab (sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, and chorus), the poetic Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum (rendered by Lata Mangeshkar, interspersed with dialogue recited by Amitabh Bachchan), and the Holi song Rang Barse Bhige Chunar Wali (sung by Amitabh Bachchan). Incidentally, the latter song was penned by Amitabh Bacchan's father Harivansh Rai Bachchan.[5] The movie's soundtrack was so successful that it earned Shiv-Hari a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Music Director.[6]

The two other major musical scores done by Shiv-Hari are Chandni and Darr. Chandni featured the all-time classic Mere Haathon Mein Nau Nau Chudiyan Hai by Lata Mangeshkar. Darr (which starred Sunny Deol, Juhi Chawla, and Shahrukh Khan, was directed by Yash Chopra, and had lyrics by Anand Bakshi) had Jadu Teri Nazar by Udit Narayan. Shiv-Hari were nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director for both films.[7][8]

Recent activities[edit]

Shiv-Hari still continue to perform live together. They toured multiple locations such as London and Singapore in 2011.[9][10]