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 […]


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)