In an age where videos and sales drive the music scene, Shankar has relied completely on the online platform to distribute and sell all his music. And it worked. His YouTube music channel, The Shrutibox, features his fusion compositions and has garnered two million hits. He has collaborated with Mumbai-based classical singer Nirali Kartik and Washington DC-based vocalists, Vidya and Vandana Iyer.
Not content with instrumental fusion, he has also experimented with a Indo-western mash-up featuring Adele's hit track Rolling in the Deep with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's iconic track O Re Piya.
The 24-year-old clarinetist studied clarinet at New England Conservatory in Massachusetts from sitarist Peter Row, but it was a chance discovery of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia's music, which inspired him to come to Mumbai. Though a student of flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia at the Brindaban Gurukul in Mumbai, he has picked the clarinet over flute. In fact he disclosed in an Interview to an Indian Express that his guru doesn't even know about his fusion experiments.
While his mastery over the clarinet can't be doubted, he can play tabla, guitar, kanjira and an eclectic mix of eastern and western instruments. He magnificently blends the essence of jazz, pop, Indian classical to create seamless fusion.