After returning to India in the early 1970s, Ananda Shankar continued to experiment musically and in 1975 released his most critically commended album, Ananda Shankar And His Music, a jazz-funk mix of Eastern sitar, Western rock guitar, tabla and mridangam, drums and Moog synthesizers. After the first slot of cassettes this record was not available in the market for a long time, Ananda Shankar And His Music was re-released on CD in 2005. He worked in India during the late 1970s and 1980s and his profile in the foreign countries began to rise again in the mid-1990s. Eventually, his music found its way into club DJ sets, especially in London. His music was introduced to a wider audience with the release of Blue Note Records' popular in the year1996 that was a unique groove compilation album, named Blue Juice Vol. 1. This record contained the two outstanding tracks from Ananda Shankar And His Music, "Dancing Drums" and "Streets Of Calcutta".
< In the late 1990s, Ananda Shankar went for a tour in the United Kingdom with London DJ State of Bengal and others. This collaboration resulted in the Walking On album, featuring Shankar's trademark sitar tracks mixed with break beat and hip hop. Walking On record was released in 2000 after Ananda Shankar's sudden death from heart attack the year before. In 2005, his song Raghupati was played on the Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories soundtrack, and in 2008 his song Dancing Drums was used on the Little Big Planet soundtrack.
Ananda Shankar was an original musician of the word before the term 'world music' was invented. Trained in Indian classical music and later exposed to western trends, he mastered a typical sound - vibrant new age music that was capable of breaking barriers flanked by races, cultures and generations. Not cramped by the restraints of the ancient and the conventional music, Ananda Shankar was present decades ahead of its time. Ananda Shankar's creative efforts retain their freshness and appeal even today. He has given the world a repertoire of music that is still heard regularly over the radio, on television, at plays, on airlines, even at fashion shows and films. The sudden demise of this stalwart musician on 26th March 1999 left the world of music in great loss. He founded an institution of performing arts, called the Ananda Shankar Centre for Performing Arts (ASCPA) started in 1987, based in Kolkata. His records attain a special mark during the performances by the Centre of Performing Arts founded by him.
Discography of Ananda Shankar