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Ananda Shankar


Ananda Shankar, nephew of world-famous sitar participant, Ravi Shankar, never quite matched the achievement of his uncle, but made a substantial impact within the ’70s psychedelic underground picture by combining American consumer electronics and Indian music to generate instrumental jams and moody soundtracks. The child of famous traditional dancers captured the show-biz insect in the past due ’60s and journeyed to LA, where he used rock music artists (including Jimi Hendrix) in the pinnacle from the psychedelic motion. At age group 27, he authorized a cope with Reprise Information who released his debut self-titled recording; a fusion cult traditional that mixed Hindustani music with psych-rock and included sitar-heavy variations of “Jumping Jack port Flash” and “Light My Open fire.” After poor Stateside record product sales, Shankar came back to India and started building 1975’s Ananda Shankar and His Music, a mixture of furious funk beats, keyboards, and traditional Indian devices. From 1978 to 1981, he documented five conceptual information: India Remembers Elvis (Indian variations of Elvis requirements), A Musical Finding of India (an effort financed from the Indian visitor table), Missing You (a commitment to his parents), the space-themed 2001, as well as the jungle safari-tinged Sá-Re-Gá Machán. Within the mid-’90s, a fresh era of DJs and music artists found a good amount of examples in his discography, so when Blue Notice released the 1996 compilation recording Blue Juice, Vol. 1 which presented two of his dance paths, “Roads of Calcutta” and “Dance Drums,” a reawakened fascination with his music resulted in a tour-slot in Peter Gabriel’s Womad celebration and another alongside Asian turntablist DJ Condition of Bengal. This cooperation led to 2000s Strolling On, offering Shankar’s sitar virtuosity blended with bachelor pad breakbeats and trip-hop. Unfortunately, he never noticed the release from the album, because of a sudden coronary attack at age group 56. In 2007, Fallout Information reissued Ananda Shankar and His Music, with Sá-Re-Gá Machán with India Remembers Elvis tacked on as reward tracks.

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Full Name Ananda Shankar
Died March 26, 1999, India
Profession Music Director, Film Score Composer
Nationality Indian
Spouse Tanusree Shankar
Children Sreenanda Shankar
Parents Uday Shankar, Amala Shankar
Siblings Mamata Shankar
Awards Padma Shri
Music Songs Streets of Calcutta, Dancing Drums, Jumpin Jack Flash, Light My Fire, Snow Flower, Raghupati, Dreams Forever, Jungle Symphony, Mamata, Renunciation, Sa-Re-Ga Machan, Dance Indra, Indrasabha, Dancing Peacocks, Vidai, Dance of Shiva, Charging Tiger, Namaskar, Dawn at Varanasi, Discovery Of India, Night In The Forest, The Alien, Rajput Bride, Brindavan Revel, The Lonely Rider, Monkey's Tea Party, Kaziranga Beat, Birds In The Sky, The Hill Train, Romantic Rhino, Arpan Instrumental, Suryauday
Albums Ananda Shankar, I Remember, Arpan Om Sai Ram Ananda Shankar, Shubh - The Auspicious, Nidhiram Sardar, Ananda Shankar And Orchestra, Missing You By Ananda Shankar, Arpan, A Panorama Of Indian Music, Dui Prithivi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), 2001, Ananda (Celebrating Ananda Shankar's Music), Temptation, Asamay (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Sa-Re-Ga Machan, Bharateeyam Vol 1, Ananda Shankar (US Internet Release), Missing You - Ananda Shankar, Bharatiyam Vol 2, Aarambh, Ananda Shankar and His Music, Missing You / A Musical Discovery Of India, A Life in Music: Best of the EMI Years, Melodies from India, Ananda Shankar (Instrumental), A Daughter Remembers, Unearthed, Ananda: Celebrating Ananda Shankar's Music, Sa Re Ga Machan, A Musical Discovery Of India Ananda Shankar, Eureka Adhunik Gaaner Natun Diganta
Movies The Melody of Love, Dui Prithibi, Chorus, Padatik, Calcutta 71, Yaaro Ezhuthiya Kavithai

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1 Nephew of Late Pandit Ravi Shankar.
2 Brother of Mamata Shankar.
3 Son of Late Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar.



Byomkesh Bakshi 1993-1997 TV Series 34 episodes
Pyaar Ka Tarana 1993
Chorus 1975
Padatik 1973
Calcutta 71 1971



LittleBigPlanet 2008 Video Game music: "Dancing Drums"
Life on Mars 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories 2005 Video Game performer: "Raghupati Folk Tune"
Hak hap 1996 writer: "Dancing Drums"

Music Department

Music Department

Aarambh 1976 musical director
Nidhiram Sardar 1976 musical director
Padatik 1973 music direction



Agun 1988 acknowledgment - as Shri Ananda Shankar

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