Master violinist/vocalist/composer L. Shankar (aka Shenkar) is renowned for his deeply soulful performances of Indian classical music. Since playing his first solo concert at the age of seven, he has gone on to accompany many of South India’s leading vocalists and become a major soloist. In the 1970s, with John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakram, and Ramnad Raghavan, he co-founded the legendary Indo-jazz group Shakti. In the 1980s, he introduced a 10-string double violin capable of covering the whole range of the orchestra’s string section from violin to double bass. To date he has continued to expand the international audience for Indian music, often combining North Indian (Hindustani) and South Indian (Carnatic) styles. He will be accompanied by Abhijit Banerjee, one of the top-ranking tabla (tuned hand drums) players of his generation and a pioneering disciple of the late Pt. Jnan Prakash Ghosh, and Rohan Krishnamurthy (mrdangam – barrel drum, kanjira – small frame drum), a leading voice of Indian classical and cross-genre music in the South Asian diaspora who received training from Sri. Guruvayur Dorai.
“dazzling virtuosity” – London Times
“fire and imagination” – New York Times
Please note: Due to visa difficulties brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Vikku Vinayakram, V. Selvaganesh and Swaminathan Selvaganesh will not be able to appear at this event. We hope to have them perform at an upcoming RBA concert. This performance will be in person only and will not be live streamed.
This performance is a co-production between Robert Browning Associates, Lotus Music & Dance, and Roulette.