Born in 1938 at Jammu Kashmir, the name Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is often considered to be synonymous with the santoor by many aficionados of Classical Music. He is credited for bringing the santoor from the realm of Kashmiri folk music into that of the Indian Classical concert platform, while facing resistance from most conservative quarters. The journey began when his father asked him to pursue the development of the Kashmiri santoor. His persistence, repeated experiments and reconfigurations with the instrument gave it new life and eventually paved the way for a new genre of music and tremendous success. Considered to be a living legend and an embodiment of Indian ethos and values, Shivkumar Sharma has been the recipient of several awards, notably the Padma Shree and the Padma Vibhushan.