Ananda Shankar, son of the legendary dancers Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar
and nephew of Pandit Ravi Shankar, is not, as some people may think, a
dancer. His world is 'MUSIC'. After completing his academics at the Scindia
School Gwalior, Ananda learnt sitar from Dr.Lalmani Mishra in Benares.
It was Ananda who in the 70's started combining Indian and Western instruments
to create a global kind of music, a new kind of "Fusion Music" which has
now become a trend... He has never experimented with pure classical music.
Ananda's first L.P. was released internationally in 1970 and it was in
that same year that he gave his first concert. No one had thought of using
the Mridangam with Guitar or backing the Sitar or Sarod with a rock beat
or electronic sound effects. His music appeals to all generations and
breaks barriers of nationality and different cultures. His score is original,
fresh, soothing and touches the heart.
Ananda's music is heard regularly over the radio, on television, at plays,
on airlines, at fashion shows and films. He has composed music for several
Amongst the several awards and felicitations, Ananda has also won the prestigious
National Award from the Hon'ble President of India, as the best music director
for Mrinal Sen's film 'Chorus'. British Airways had a special channel
playing Ananda's music in all its aircrafts.
Ananda Shankar was the 'Chief Producer' and 'Music Composer' for 'National
Bharatiyam' in the Nehru Centenary Celebration, held in New Delhi in which
50,000 children participated from all over India.
Ananda not only composes the music, but also writes the story and script,
designs the lighting and is the Producer and Director of the troupe.