Our Guiding Light

Padma Vibhushan Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, born into a musical family in Jammu, embarked on his musical journey under his father’s guidance, mastering the santoor — a folk instrument adapted for Hindustani classical music.

His connection with Ugam’s visionary, Mr. Padam Sacheti, began during a captivating concert where Mr. Sacheti was inspired by Panditji’s performance. Their deep friendship and shared love for music shaped Ugam from its inception.
Panditji’s blessings and unwavering support played a pivotal role in Ugam’s growth. His influence and dedication became an integral part of Ugam’s legacy, inspiring generations to embrace Hindustani classical music and preserving its timeless melodies worldwide.
2005 – Padma Vibhushan
Pt. Shivkumar Sharma (Santoor)
Smt. Sunanda Sharma (Vocal)


2006 – Pt. Budhaditya Mukherjee (Sitar)
Shri Sanjeev Abhyankar (Vocal)


2007 – Pt. Niladri Kumar (Sitar)
Padma Bhushan Pt. Rajan Mishra and Padma Bhushan Pt. Sajan Mishra (Vocal)


2008 – Padma Shri Ustad Rashid Khan (Vocal)
Shri Rahul Sharma (Santoor)


2009 – Padma Shri Begum Parveen Sultana (Vocal) and Pt. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar (Sarod)


2010 – Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj (Vocal)


2011 – Padma Vibhushan Hariprasad Chaurasia (Flute)


2012 – Padma Shri Pt. Ajoy Chkrabarty  (Vocal) and Shri Rahul Sharma (Santoor)


2013 – Padma Shri Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar and Ustaad Shujaat Hussain Khan


2014 – Padma Vibhushan Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma (Santoor)


2015 – Padma Shri Ustad Rashid Khan (Vocal)


2016 – Padma Shri Venkatesh Kumar (Vocal)


2017 – Padma Bhushan Pt. Rajan Mishra and Padma Bhushan Pt. Sajan Mishra (Vocal)


2018 – Padma Shri Umakant Gundecha and Padma Shri Ramakant Gundecha (Vocal)


2019 – Padma Shri Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan (Sitar)


2020 – Padma Bhushan Ustad Zakir Husain (Tabla)


2023 – Padma Bhushan Ustad Zakir Hussain (Tabla) and Shri Rahul Sharma (Santoor)


21st October – Padma Vibhushan Begum Parveen Sultana (Vocal) and Padma Shri Ustaad Shahid Parvez Khan (Sitar)