Born in 1918 in Gondal, Gujarat, Shri Shiv Kumar Shukla was trained in vocal music by Shri Omkarnath Thakur of the Gwalior gharana and Shri Aman Ali Khan of the Bhendibazar gharana. He also learnt Tabla under Shri Baburao Gokhale.
Shri Shukla served as Reader in the Faculty of Performing Arts,M.S. University, Baroda, and retired as its Principal in 1978.
He has also been a regular broadcaster.
The Gujarat Sangeet Natak Akademi honoured Shri Shukla with an award in 1971, and in 1991 he received the Pandit Omkarnath Award of the State. Shri Shivkumar Shukla recei- ves the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Hindustani vocal music.