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Also known as Shankar
Title Vocalist
Date of birth 26 April 1950
Origin Madras, India
Gender Male
IMDb profile

Shenkar is responsible for the vocalizations added to the opening credit music and transitions on the series Heroes. Originally known as Shankar, Shenkar is widely considered a living legend in the world of music. He often blends pop, hip hop, rock, soundtrack, and world elements into his music.


Shenkar, born Lakshminarayanan Shankar and formerly known as Shankar, is widely considered a living legend in the world of music. Shenkar is a musician's musician who has enthralled audiences and critics alike all over the world. He is a virtuoso vocalist/violinist (with a five and a half octave vocal range), composer and record producer who has sold over 35 million on his recordings and his guest appearances throughout his career have put him in the highest esteem among his peers.

Shenkar's solo album, Face to Face, was released on November 10, 2009. It features Jonathan Davis (KoRn), Richard Gibbs (Oingo Boingo), Ray Luzier (KoRn and David Lee Roth), and others. In 2009, Shenkar was featured along with U2's Bono on a Bob Marley remix for the "Playing For Change" movement and produced the singles "Sky" and "Take A Chance" for Juliett (SRI Music) as well as "Take You Away" for Kid Knuckles (SRI Music). Shenkar also had a self-produced solo release which debuted on September 25, 2007. This album included guest artists and musicians such as Patrick Leonard, Randy Jackson, Lester Mendez, John Shanks, David Williams, Natasha Bedingfield, Wendy & Lisa, Pat Monahan, Michael Perfitt, Cherokee, Neal Pogue, Turu, Josh One, Blu, Lateef, Agdm, Juliett, Ana Maria, Sholam, Dana Glover, and Chelsea Tavares.

In between working on his solo record, Shenkar collaborated with Wendy & Lisa on their original score for NBC's Heroes. Shenkar is the featured vocalist on the theme song and is the vocalist on all Heroes episodes. Shenkar's vocals are also featured on two songs on the new Toto album, Falling in Between.

Patrick Leonard and Shenkar have a duet album that was released in the fall of 2007 titled Udistam. Shenkar also collaborated with Randy Jackson of American Idol fame on a project where he sang and played violin.

A child prodigy, born into a renowned family of musicians, Shenkar studied vocal from the age of two, violin from the age of five, and performed his first concert at the age of seven. His 1980 release, Who's To Know, and Phil Collins's solo debut, Face Value, introduced the unique sound of Shenkar's own invention, the 10 string stereophonic Double Violin, to listeners around the world. The Double Violin, designed by Shenkar and built by Ken Parker, covers the entire range of the orchestra's double bass, cello, viola and violin. The combination of Shenkar's mesmerizing vocals, double violin and also as a composer has brought him worldwide acclaim as a musical innovator.

A major world-touring artist, in his own group and with his collaborators, Shenkar has circled the globe many times. In addition, Shenkar completed a long world tour with Peter Gabriel (Secret World Tour) as a special guest singing and playing double violin. The tour ended at the Woodstock Festival in 1994.

Shenkar has released numerous solo albums and videos in various idioms of music from Pop/Rock/Soundtracks, including the musical composition of the 2005 Oscar winning documentary, Born Into Brothels. In 1990, Shenkar co-produced a one-hour BBC film directed by award winning director H.O.Nazareth. It was nominated as one of the best documentaries at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2004, Shenkar composed and performed vocals and double violin on Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, along with composers John Debney and Jack Lenz. Shenkar’s haunting vocals were all through the movie soundtrack. Shenkar has also worked on many other movie soundtracks including the Grammy award winning and controversial The Last Temptation of Christ by the legendary film maker Martin Scorsese, in which he co-wrote 13 of the tracks with Peter Gabriel. Shenkar’s work as also been included in the films Ali, Queen of the Damned, Jennifer 8, Robin Hood, and Jacob's Ladder.

Additional special projects have included The Princess Trust Rock Concerts, The United Nations Peace Day Festivals, and Nelson Mandela's 80th Birthday celebrations. The rock extravaganza, Human Rights Now World Tour in 1988, featured Shenkar's own group, who were joined in performance by Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel, in addition to several other musicians.

Shenkar's pop DVD, One in a Million, became the number 1 DVD in the US, spending 4 weeks at number 1 on the U.S. Soundscan/Billboard charts. Shenkar has also worked as a composer, arranger, producer, singer, violinist and performer with Frank Zappa (who produced Shenkar's solo record for Zappa Records), Phil Collins, Talking Heads, Lou Reed, Marianne Faithful, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison, U2, The Pretenders, Echo & The Bunnymen, John Lydon (Public Image Ltd.), and Dave Stewart. Shenkar co-founded and co-wrote all the materials for the group Shakti with John McLaughlin. The other two were the master drummers Zakir Hussain and Vikku Vinayakram.

Shenkar's various collaborations have brought him international success and a legion of fans across the globe. His pop albums have featured guest artists such as Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, John Waite, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Ginger Baker, Toto, Nils Lofgren (E Street Band), and Steve Vai.



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Sound and Music

Jennifer Barak (music editor) • Seth A. Eubanks (sound utility) • Kenn Fuller (sound mixer) • Erich Gann (sound editor) • Stephen Grubbs (sound supervisor) • Anton Holden (sound editor) • J. Michael Hooser (ADR editor) • Gerry Lentz (re-recording mixer) • Joe Melody (sound supervisor) • Steven Parke (soundtrack artist) • Michael Perfitt (music engineer) • Alicen Catron Schneider (music supervisor) • Shenkar (vocals) • Mark Steele (ADR editor) • Scott Stolz (sound mixer) • Rich Weingart (re-recording mixer) • Burton Weinstein (sound editor) • Wendy and Lisa (score)

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