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When Shashank was taken to meet IndiaÆs world-renowned flutist, Mali, the artist was so moved that he gave his own flute to the boy. Mali advised him that he should study only vocal music and be allowed to develop his own style. Shashank was not exposed to the styles of other flutists or otherwise instructed in flute-playing technique.
When the self-taught Shashank made his debut in India at the prestigious Madras Music Academy, he played with such mastery and imagination that the critics gave him a standing ovation. For the past ten years, the flutist has had a huge following in India, Europe and the Far East. He has been touted as both a child prodigy and child avatar (embodiment of god). It is widely believed among IndiaÆs population that he received his musical gift from a past life.
Shashank performs with a team of five accompanists, each a soloist in his/her own right. He uses several flutes, bass to piccolo, and is accompanied by violin, mridangam, ghatam, moorsing, and tambura (a drone instrument).