Shakti
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Shakti Biography (Wikipedia)

Shakti was a group which played a novel acoustic fusion music which combined Indian music with elements of jazz. Its leading members were the English guitar player John McLaughlin and Indian violin player L. Shankar. It also included Zakir Hussain (on tabla), Ramnad Raghavan (on the Mridangam), and T. H. "Vikku" Vinayakram (on Ghatam).

In addition to fusing Euro-American and Indian music, Shakti also represented a fusion of the Hindustani and Carnatic music traditions, since Hussain is from the North while the other Indian members are from the South.

It came together in 1974, after the dissolution of the second incarnation of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and toured fairly extensively during the period 1975-1977; it made only sporadic appearances (with personnel changes) thereafter.

After 1977 the albums which L. Shankar recorded with Z. Hussain and T. H. "Vikku" Vinayakram stayed close to the music made popular by Shakti. Some twenty years later McLaughlin and Hussain put together another band with the same concept, called Remember Shakti, including V. Selvaganesh (son of T. H. "Vikku" Vinayakram ), mandolin player U. Shrinivas and eventually Shankar Mahadevan.

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La danse du bonheur
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La danse du bonheur
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Kriti (Radio 1 Session, 9 May 1977)
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Kriti (Radio 1 Session, 9 May 1977)
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Danse Do Bonheure (Radio 1 Session, 9 May 1977)
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Danse Do Bonheure (Radio 1 Session, 9 May 1977)
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What Need Of Life.... - Golders Green Hippodrome 1977
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What Need Of Life.... - Golders Green Hippodrome 1977
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Two Sisters (BBC Session 9 May 1977)
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Two Sisters (BBC Session 9 May 1977)
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Thang Bhangra
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Thang Bhangra
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Lotus Feet
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Lotus Feet
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Bridge Of Sighs
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Bridge Of Sighs
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