Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is the first Indian intrumentalist who populatized and made world fame for the Santur as an instrument of the classical music stages. He is going to perform with his son, Rahul Sharma, who is a young star of the Santur.
With his creative genius, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma has created a new genre of instrumental music. Through his performance career of over a half century, he has created millions of new listeners and ardent fans of Indian classical music. His performances are such a brilliant combination of rich knowledge, perfect skill and abundant spontaneous creativity, that all the sections of listeners feel enriched. Little surprise that his concerts are awaited by connoisseurs, music students, musicians and lay listeners alike.
A few of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma's awards and recognitions: honorary citizen of the city of Baltimore, USA (1985), Sangeet Natak Academy Award (1986), Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar (1990), honorary doctorate of letters from Jammu University (1991) Padmashree (1991), Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Award (1998), and Padma Vibhushan (2001).