Lakshminarayana Shankar (born April 26, 1950) is an Indian violinist from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, who played on albums by Archie Shepp and Clifford Thornton during the early 1970s. He rose to prominence as a member of the ethno-jam band Shakti, which released three albums in collaboration with John McLaughlin in 1976 and 1977. As a […]

Asha Puthli

Asha Puthli is an Indian pop singer from Mumbai, Maharashtra, who released four albums on CBS between 1973 and 1978, followed by a pair of titles on Autobahn Records in 1979/80. Discography: Asha Puthli (1973) She Loves to Hear the Music (1975) Devil Is Loose (1976) Asha (1978) 1001 Nights of Love (1979) Asha l’Indiana […]

Charanjit Singh

Charanjit Singh (1940 — July 5, 2015) was an Indian musician from Mumbai, Maharashtra, who issued a string of soundtrack recordings on Odeon during the 1970s. In 1982, he released Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat on His Master’s Voice. Discography: Instrumental Film Tunes (1975) One Man Show (1977) Mood With Kishore Kumar From […]


Shakti were an Indian ethno-jam band that collaborated with guitarist John McLaughlin on three albums in 1976/77 on Columbia/CBS. Members: John McLaughlin (acoustic guitar), Shankar (violin), Zakir Hussain (tabla), Vikku Vinayakram (ghatam, mridangam), Ramnad Raghavan (mridangam) Discography: Shakti With John McLaughlin (1976) A Handful of Beauty (1977) Natural Elements (1977)