originality and improvisation. In January 1945, he composed the music for
the famous patriotic song, Sare Jahan Se Aacha, Hindustan Hamara, written
by the famous Urdu poet Mohammad Iqbal. In 1967, he founded the Kinnara
School of Music in Bombay and Los Angles. He has the distinction of being
the first Indian to compose film music for foreign films. Ravi Shankar has
been conferred with several honours and awards as a sitarist, composer and
musician. His long list of awards and honours include fourteen doctorates, the
Padma Bhushan (1967), the Padma Vibhushan (1981), Ramon Magsaysay
Award, two Grammys, etc. In 1986 he was nominated as a member of the
Rajya Sabha. The highest civilian award in India, the Bharat Ratna, was
bestowed upon Pandit Ravi Shankar in 1999. In 2000, he was honoured with
the highest French civilian award Commandeur de la legion d Honneur.
Shivkumar Sharma (b. 1938) is recognised in India and abroad as the
most accomplished exponent of Santoor. His ingenious, imaginative and
innovative zest has transformed Santoor, the little-known Kashmiri folk
instrument, into a full-fledged solo concert instrument in Indian classical
music. Along with Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma
composed the music of the Hindi films Silsila and Chandni, which is still
very popular even today. He has been honoured with the Padma Shri and the
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987) for his unique contributions to Indian
classical music.
L. Subramaniam is one of the best violinists of India and is widely
acclaimed and recognized all over the world. He was also a featured soloist in
"All the World"s Violins" held in Belgium along with Sir Yehudi Menuhin
and Stephane Grappelli. He has also composed the music for movies like
Salaam Bombay and Mississipi Masala. Furthermore he featured as a soloist
in the film Little Buddha by Bernardo Bertolucci and Ismail Merchant"s
Cotton Mary. He has also played the role of the music advisor for Peter
Brook"s historic stage production of the Mahabharata. His East–West fusion
compositions have been recorded with jazz greats like Stephane Grappelli,
Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample, Maynard Ferguson, Hubert Laws, George
Duke, Stanley Clarke, Larry Coryell, and Tony Williams. Over the years,
Subramaniam has composed, conducted and performed with world"s greatest
orchestras including the New York Philharmonic (Fantasy on Vedic Chants).
He has been conferred with the