SHASHANK - INDIAN BAMBOO FLUTE
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Discography

Melodies from the Bamboo Flute – 1991

Melodies from the Bamboo Flute – Part 2 – 1992

Melodies from the Bamboo Flute ( Part 3 & 4) – 1993

Endless beauties from the Bamboo ( Part 1 &2)- 1994

Moments of Ecstasy ( Part 1 &2) – 1996

Meditative Spell – 1997 .

Reminiscence of Brindavan -1997

Flute Fantasia – (1997) Navras Records, UK

A Dialogue – 1997

Aroha – 1998 – Sony Music

Pullankuzhal of South India – 1998 - King Records, Japan

Music Academy Live – 1999

God Has Many Names – Music compilation for Text Books in Schools across Switzerland – 1999 – The Education Ministry, Switzerland

Sammilan, A dialogue between North and South Indian music, – 2001

Moonlit Melodies – Young Maestros– 2001 – The Music Today

Anubhav – DVD from Live concert – 2001

Krishna Smaranam – CD and DVD – 2 – 2002

Kalarasana – Live ( Part 1, 2 & 3) – 2003

Markazhi Melodies - ( Part 1 &2) – 2004

Moksha – Salvation – 2004

Rasayana – 2005 – Sense World Records Inc. UK

Rag Latangi – 2006

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Shashank, born on Oct. 14, 1978, was barely nine months old when he was initiated to south Indian classical music, even before he started speaking his mother tongue. As advised by Flute Maestro T.R. Mahalingam, he learnt only vocal music from veteran musicians including Palghat K.V. Narayana Swamy. At his six Shashank picked his father's flute and stunned onlookers by playing, spontaneously, to signal his entry into the flute world.

His maiden flute concert was at Adelaide, Australia in Sept 1990 when he was eleven followed by his debut in India on Dec 20, 1990.

He became the youngest musician of the century to have been invited to play the prestigious "SADAS" concert on Jan. 1, 1991 at The Music Academy, Madras. Since then, has been a celebrity flautist world over and performs in the company of top ranking artistes in India and abroad.

Some land mark concerts of his have been Rashtrapathi Bhavan (The President's Palace at New Delhi), The Smithsonian, Kennedy Center and National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C., J. Paul Getty Hall -Hollywood, Cerritos Performing arts center in Los Angeles, Eastman School of Music - Rochester, World Music Institute - New York, Asian Art Museum - San Francisco, Xebec Hall and Across Fukuoka in Kobe, and Fukuoka, Japan, Hong Kong Museum of Art - Hong Kong, World Flute Conference - Nashville, Sawai gandharva Festival - Pune, Saptak Festival - Ahmedabad, Dover Lane Music festival - Calcutta, India Music Group - Bombay, Theater De-La-Ville, UNESCO & Musee Guimet in Paris -France, Tropical Institute - Amsterdam, The Lowry in Manchester-UK, The Sage in Gateshead - UK, Modigliani Hall -Padova-Italy, Museum Rietberg -Zurich, The Munchen Residency in Munich-Germany, Improvisation Festival in Lausanne- Switzerland, Seoul Plaza in Seoul- Korea and a host of other prestigious institutions across the world.

Shashank’s introduction of multi flute transposed fingering technique to merge flutes of different frequencies / lengths to the tonic note (the adhara shadja) – producing deep bass to the shrill sounds gave flute an enviable position in Indian music and has been acclaimed world over by music lovers as his significant/ contribution. "Shashank sings through his flute", "musical wiz kid of the century", "magician flautist" , etc., are some of the often heard critics in the music world.

He is presently considered the best Bamboo Flute artiste of the world and hailed so by the Indian and international media including Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, The Telegraph and Sun Tabloid – UK, Le Figaro and BBC World TV, which telecast a documentary on him titled “Destination Music”, recently. The India Today news magazine published a feature article on Shashank declaring him one among the top ten polished performers in field of South Indian Music & Dance. He has numerous awards to his credit including the prestigious title "Kalaimamani" conferred by the Govt. of Tamilnadu.

Shashank has enthralled audiences in India, USA, Canada, UK, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Norway, South Africa, the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Korea.

Shashank's performances feature an extraordinary range of musical expression - from the deepest meditations to youthful fun and astonishing virtuosity. Audiences respond enthusiastically to his flair and unpretentious style. His percussionists add pizzazz to the performances with rhythmic texture that ranges from colorful, sparse punctuation to driving motives that swell to exhilarating levels during solo passages. He has 31 CD albums to his credit apart from two DVDs of his live concerts.