|Birth name||Lakshminarayana Shankar|
|Also known as||Shenkar|
|Genres||Carnatic, classical, electronica,progressive rock, soft rock,folk, fusion, jazz, occidental,pop, hard rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer,conductor, photographer,arranger, producer, engineer,pedagogue|
|Instruments||Vocals, double violin, viola,electric violin, kanjira, tablas,dholak, drums, percussion,sarod, tamboura, keyboard|
|Custom-built double violin|
Shankar has played with some of the greatest musical contemporaries of his time, including Lou Reed, Echo & the Bunnymen, Talking Heads,Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Charly García, Jonathan Davis, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Stewart Copeland, Yoko Ono, A. R. Rahman, John Waite, Steve Vai, Ginger Baker, Toto, Nils Lofgren, Mark O'Connor, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Sting.Shankar has been praised for his ability to mix Eastern and Western influences, assimilating Carnatic music with pop, rock, jazz and contemporary world music. He admits "Ultimately, I would like to bring the East and West together. That, I think, is my role," he says.