Shankh Lahiri comes from a family with a strong tradition of Indian Classical Music and has fully devoted his life to Music. Son of the visionary sitarist and Guru Shri Rabindranath Lahiri (disciple of Ustad Dabir Khan), he grew up in an environment imbued with the fragrance of Hindustani music. As a child, he received intensive trainin Shankhachur in both vocal and tabla from his father and went on to graduate with a Sangeet Visharad in both subjects. He later took advanced talim in tabla from Pt. Sandeep Dev in Kolkata. Currently Shankh, as he is lovingly known in the fraternity, is devoted senior disciple of world-renowned tabla maestro Pandit Nayan Ghosh.
Shankh has gained a reputation as a very creative and innovative concert performer in both classical and Experimental World music genres. He has accompanied and toured with many reputed and front ranking artists such as Pt. Jasraj, Ustad Shujaat khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Arati Ankalikar, Pt.Nayan Ghosh (sitar), Pt.Mukul Shivputra (vocal), Shri Rakesh Chaurasia (flute), Ustad Saeed Zafar Khan (sitar) and many others. He is a regular performer with his elder brother Pulak Lahiri (sitar), and his sister, a young talented vocal exponent Sangeeta Lahiri.
Shankh has performed at major festivals all over the India and abroad such as Learn Quest Festival in Boston (USA), Raga live Festival in NYC , Chicago Jazz Festival (USA), Tropical Heatwave Festival, Gasparilla Music Festival, Lights on Tampa Festival , India Fest - Richmond and many more. Currently he is actively working with Florida based WORLD FUSION BAND 'WAHH' as a composer and performer.
Yet with all of his forays into experimental music, Shankh remains firmly rooted in tradition. He draws his greatest inspiration from the classical music legends of past and present. Ustad Ahmedjan Thirakwa, Ustad Amir Hussain Khan, Pandit Anokhelal Mishra, Ustad Amir Khan, Ustad Vilayet khan, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt. Mukul Shivputra, Ustad Rashid Khan and his respected Guruji, Pandit Nayan Ghosh, all hold a primary place in his heart and serve as a guide for him in his musical endeavors.
Shankh has held a key role from its very inception for Shruti School of Music (www.shrutimusic.org) - Mumbai and Shruti Foundation, Tampa Florida . Both the organizations established as non for profit, which is quickly becoming recognized as one of the reputed promoters and propagators of Indian Classical Music in India and USA. Shankh was a prominent faculty member and respected teacher for many years with the Pandit Jasraj School of Music Foundation in Tampa, Florida (USA). Shankh currently continues to share his knowledge with many eager students in his Music School in Tampa SHRUTI School of Music. www.shrutischoolofmusic.com