Ananda Shankar

Ananda ShankarFrom: Uttar Pradesh, India

Ananda Shankar is the nephew of the legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar. Although Ananda was less successful than his accredited uncle, he did make a significant impact in the psychedelic music scene in the the early ’70s. Ananda Shankar combined Western electronics and Indian music forming some excellent jam music.

Ananda Shankar was also the son of famous classical dancers. In the late 1960’s, Shankar moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in show business for himself. Here, Shankar would play with rock musicians at the height of the psychedelic movement. He signed a record deal with Reprise Records at the age of 27, and released his self-titled debut album. The album consisted of Hindustani music with psychedelic rock. Included on the album were sitar-heavy versions of classics like “Jumping Jack Flash” and “Light My Fire.” The album sold poorly in America, prompting Shankar to move back to India, where he began constructing Ananda Shankar and His Music, released in 1975. This was a mix of funk beats, keyboards, and traditional Indian music. Between 1978 and 1981, Shankar recorded five concept albums. In the ’90s, Shankars music became heavily sampled by DJs and musicians. In 2000, the album Walking On was released. However, Shankar never saw the release of the album, tragically passing away of a heart attack at age 56.

Artist information sources include: an article by Jason Lymangrover at Allmusic.com

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1970 album Ananda Shankar
Ananda Shankar

  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  • Metamorphosis
  • Snow Flower

From the 1975 album Ananda Shankar and His Music
Ananda Shankar & His Music

  • Dancing Drums
  • Renunciation
  • Streets Of Calcutta