Shashank, born on October 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 Narayanaswamy. At 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 September 1990 when he was 11, followed by his debut in India on December 20, 1990.

He became the youngest musician of the century to have been invited to play the prestigious 'sadas' concert on January 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 landmark concerts of his have been Rashtrapathi Bhavan (The President's Palace at New Delhi), Kennedy Center - Washington D.C., J. Paul Getty Hall - Hollywood, National Academy of Sciences - Washington D.C., Xebec Hall - Kobe, Japan, and Across Fukuoka - Fukuoka, Japan, India Music Group at St Xaviers College - Bombay, UNESCO - Paris, Tropical Institute - Amsterdam, Modigliani Hall-Padova, Italy, Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Seoul Plaza, Seoul, Korea.

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 has numerous awards to his credit, including the prestigious title 'Kalaimamani' conferred by the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Shashank has enthralled audiences in India, the US, Canada, the 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 range from colourful, sparse punctuation to driving motives that swell to exhilarating levels during solo passages. He has 29 CD albums to his credit apart from two DVDs of his live concerts.

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