L. Shankar ?

April 25, 2004 at 02:23 AM · What do you think of L.Shankar the indian player. I heard some 70:ies recordings where he played a regular violin and I must say that he is incredible.

Have any of you tried to learn his glissando techniques?

I also heard a wonderfull recording by a violinist called Oliver Strobel. Have you heard of him?

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April 24, 2004 at 12:45 PM · The L.Shankar playing I heard was on Handfull of Beauty and Natural Elements with Shakti!

April 26, 2004 at 08:18 AM · L. Shankar is wonderful. He was a child prodigy, and performed the Tchaik. with the Delhi Symphony at the young age, I think, of 16 or so.He's invented a multi -string viol- type instrument that he played with Peter Gabriel in the past.

April 26, 2004 at 04:53 PM · L. shankar is the real deal holyfield.

April 26, 2004 at 08:52 PM · I love shakti

May 4, 2004 at 08:53 AM · What do you think about Shankar´s recent recordings?

May 4, 2004 at 09:27 PM · How recent? The last I heard, nobody knew where he was...Shakti has done two tours without him in recent years. They have a great young mandolin player in his place, U. Shrinivas, but--as good as he is, it's not nearly the same as having L. Shankar. He was practically a wizard.

May 5, 2004 at 04:10 AM · L. Shankar has done some progessive rock/jazz in the earlier nineties, and recently worked with bassist/producer bill laswell on some tripped out world/jazz/funk music..its pretty cool, simon shaheen, claude chalhoub, L. subramaniam, are also some cool arabesque fiddlers(for lack o' better term)

May 5, 2004 at 04:30 AM · Isn't Subramaniam his brother?

May 19, 2004 at 05:49 PM · I think he is his brother yes. L Shankar is also the Nephew of Ravi Shankar.

I find it wierd that none of the western composers or performers really studied his playing style more then they had.

I never heard a violinplayer that sounds so fresh and original.

May 19, 2004 at 09:05 PM · The Shankars must have some unbeleivable musical talent in their family; isn't Nora Jones Ravi Shankar's daughter?? I love listening to ravi shankar and sitar music in general... its very calming.

May 19, 2004 at 09:05 PM · The Shankars must have some unbeleivable musical talent in their family; isn't Nora Jones Ravi Shankar's daughter?? I love listening to ravi shankar and sitar music in general... its very calming.

May 21, 2004 at 02:27 PM · This may not be correct, but I think I heard long ago that, while sharing the name, L. Shankar and Ravi Shankar are not blood-related but are related by marriage.

May 25, 2004 at 07:07 AM · I believe L. Shankar and L. Subramaniam are brothers...The "L" is an abbreviation of their last name, which is too long to be conveniently dealt with either verbally or in print. In any case, they are both admirable talents, and I've heard, use oil on their left-hand fingers to facillitate the slippery-slidey articulations inherent in Carnatic Indian violin playing.

May 25, 2004 at 06:34 PM · shankar is the nuts. Pancha Nadai Pallavi is wicked, but the real dog's bollox is the album Who's to Know?. subtle differences in what for some is pure repitition, but the moodscape is intense. any news on shankar's current goings on is warmly welcome. a pity for his sad divergings into crap fusion, but we do expect more from this man ...

January 18, 2006 at 03:03 PM · Andreas, where did you hear that L. Shankar was the nephew of Ravi Shankar?

January 18, 2006 at 05:42 PM · I had heard (30 years ago or so) that they were distantly related by marriage, and that the shared name was co-incidental

I wish he would play with Shakti again. That was an amazing group when he was in it...well, still amazing without him, but I think even better with him.

January 18, 2006 at 06:04 PM · I 'm an indian music specialist

(my site is o.dezeustre.free.fr)

Laksminarayana Shankar is a vey good violinist and virtuose from south india

He played a doubbled violin

He was interesting in years 80 where he played classical indian music

Now he played ,as many, his own compositions,no very interesting

He played also with "Shakti"

L.SHANKAR

Au double violon à 10 cordes

-Rag Aberi 1995 (Music of the world )

Note 7,5

-Rag Shankarabharanam 1990 ( ECM 1407 )

Note 8

January 18, 2006 at 06:29 PM · Here's a link for McLaughlin videos--resolution is not great, dubbed from video, so maybe 1/4 screen is better than full screen viewing. Click on Shakti and One Truth Band to hear L. Shankar.

On the Shakti cut, his solo comes in about 6 minutes 25 seconds in and lasts about 4 minutes. The One Truth track doesn't include a violin solo or guitar solo, strangely.

Here's the link--it's streaming video, so you can't fast-forward.

http://www.italway.it/morrone/WBTG-videos.htm

January 18, 2006 at 07:13 PM · "i believe he is not any way a nephew to Ravi Shankar though it seems they are distantly related."

That seems more probable, since Ravi Shankar is Bengali and L. is S. Indian...

January 19, 2006 at 01:13 AM · I learned Carnatic Music, classical music of south india, for 3 months and was told that I was excellent at it. I learned what people learn in a few years in three months. I am going to be studying it more in depth sometime soon.

Sheila

January 19, 2006 at 11:41 AM · I have the albums he did with John Mclaughlin and it was amazing to hear how bluesy he played.

It seems strange to me that none of the western style virtuosos have tried to learn his glissandotechniques.

It would for sure turn heads if you would throw in an indian glissando with returnslides, quartersteps and everything in a regular western violinconcerto.

January 19, 2006 at 03:04 PM · It would turn heads, but it likely would be totally inappropriate to the proceedings...can you imagine being 10 minutes into a raga and suddenly launching into the cadenza from the Beethoven vioin concerto?

I didn't know there was an L. Shankar/L. Subramaniam connection. L. Shankar seems so much younger to me.

January 19, 2006 at 09:13 PM · I was rather thinking about doing a quick indian glissando instead of a Kreislerstyleglissando just for a change.

Just add some return slides and slide into a few Indian "blue" notes and the glissando may sound a lot more interesting.

That may actually work in the hands of a master.

January 24, 2006 at 05:54 PM · His best CD is" Who's to know" '(1990)

July 24, 2007 at 09:19 PM · Hey.i think S.Harikumar is the best violinist. He starts from where the l.shankar stopped.if you want to check just type.S.Harikumar in the youtube search or here are some links

http://myspace.com/hariviolin

July 28, 2007 at 07:08 AM · check it out a rare clip of the one truth band

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdNV9jBWVGg

heres some shakti

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=037EJu8at28

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h2uL8lk2lM

August 16, 2007 at 05:19 AM · Listened to Breathtaker by S.Harikumar That must be speed up, right?

August 21, 2007 at 05:26 AM · Hey not only the speed ,the tonal control,and beautiful spontaneous improvisation passages . you can watch more videos in the below link

http://video.google.co.uk/videosearch?q=s.harikumar

http://uk.youtube.com/results?search_query=s.harikumar&search=Search

common see it,feel it then make a comment

August 21, 2007 at 05:54 AM · Hey not only the speed ,the tonal control,and beautiful spontaneous improvisation passages . you can watch more videos in the below link

http://video.google.co.uk/videosearch?q=s.harikumar

http://uk.youtube.com/results?search_query=s.harikumar&search=Search

common see it,feel it then make a comment

October 14, 2012 at 11:46 PM · I am a fan of Shankar and Shakti was amazing!Shakti brought Shankar huge popularity and Queen of the damned, a song where girl plays gypsy violin. I'm interested to know if anyone here in the violinist forum have attempted or played the song "on the beach" on violin?

September 13, 2013 at 09:37 PM · Here's Lestat's violin from Queen of the Damned played amazingly well by Karthik

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp4_79ooAQo

Raga Abheri by Karthik Subramany sounds great with incredibly fast tremolos and complex glissandos on a four-string violin!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4SXZD7trmo

September 14, 2013 at 03:30 PM · I think L. Shankar is a phenomenal violinist. I've heard his playing a lot over the years, from the early days with Shakti through to his solo work in the early 80s. "Who's to Know", as mentioned before, is a great album. Two ragas - one on each side, each in a major / minor key. There a number of good videos of him on Youtube too.

His brother (L. Subramaniam) was mentioned earlier, and he too is a phenomenal violinist. Some time ago on this forum, he was the subject of fierce debate, the issue being his playing of Paganini's Caprice # 5 (a link is here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfiGYcMj8XM ). I must confess that I could have done without the drum machine!

I had a few lessons in the Carnatic style of violin from Karthick Iyer. I've now 'cracked' the secret of those slides and glissandos, and although I'm still learning, I have a good solid foundation for progression.

Don't you think the Carnatic system of intonation is far stricter than the western one? That's something that always strikes me when I listen or play Indian music.

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