Shashank, born in October 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. Narayana Swamy. At his 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 Sept 1990 when he was eleven followed by his debut in India on Dec 20, 1990. He became the youngest musician of the century to have been invited to play the prestigious “SADAS” concert on Jan. 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 land mark concerts of his have been Rashtrapathy Bhavan (The President's Palace at New Delhi), India Music Group at St.Xaviers college Bombay, UNESCO Paris , Tropical Institute - Amsterdam, J. Paul Getty Hall, Hollywood, National academy of sciences, Washington D.C., Xebec Hall – Kobe, Japan and Across Fukuoka – Fukuoka, Japan.
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.
Shashank has enthralled audiences in India, South Africa, USA, Canada, UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Holland, Australia, Japan, Hongkong, the Middle East, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Singapore.
Shashank's performances feature an extraordinary range of musical expression - from the deepest meditations to youthful fun and astonishing virtuosity. Audiences respond enthusiastically to Shashank's flair and unpretentious style. Shashank's percussionists add pizzazz to the performances with rhythmic texture that ranges from colorful, sparse punctuation to driving motives that swell to exhilarating levels during solo passages. He has 21 compact discs and two DVDs to his credit.