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|Origin||India, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Carnatic music, world music, jazz fusion|
|Past members||Hariprasad Chaurasia
T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram
Remember Shakti is a quintet which combines elements of traditional Indian music with elements of jazz. The band consists of English guitarist John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain (tabla), U. Srinivas (mandolin), Shankar Mahadevan (vocals), and V. Selvaganesh (kanjira, ghatam, mridangam), who are all of Indian descent. The band's name is derived from John Mclaughlin's acoustic Indian fusion band Shakti which was active in the 1970s. This band consisted of John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, L. Shankar, T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram, and R. Raghavan. The word Shakti translates in Sanskrit to "power" or "goddess of power".
After disbanding in the late 1970s, Shakti enjoyed a twenty-year hiatus before McLaughlin and Hussain decided to reform the band. In addition to John and Zakir, T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram (ghatam, mridangam), returned for Remember Shakti's eponymous debut UK tour and album in 1997. However, McLaughlin could not locate Shakti's fourth member, violinist L. Shankar, and replaced him with bansuri player Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia for the live recording of this album.
For the band's next album, The Believer, recorded live and released in 1999, Chaurasia and Vinayakram were replaced by mandolin player U. Srinivas and Vinayakram's son V. Selvaganesh. The band's most recent live album, 2001's Saturday Night in Bombay, presents Remember Shakti augmented by an army of guests, notably Pt. Shivkumar Sharma (santoor), percussionist Taufiq Qureshi who is the brother of Zakir, and Shankar Mahadevan, who has now become Remember Shakti's fulltime vocalist. The band has toured extensively all around the world.
- January 2005: At the Gateway of India in Mumbai, as part of the Mumbai Festival
- December 2006: Mumbai 
- February 2012: (ongoing) Pune, Mumbai, Goa, Hyderabad, Chennai and Ramallah, Palestine as part of the Remember Shakti India Tour 2012 
Full Length Albums
- Remember Shakti (1999)- Universal Records
- The Believer (2000)- Universal Records
- Saturday Night in Bombay (2001)- Universal Records
- Live at 38th Montreux Jazz Festival, 18 July 2004
- Live at Miles Davis Hall, 8 July 1999 (Disk 16 from the John McLaughlin Montreux Concerts Box Set, released in 2004)
- The Way of Beauty directed by Partho Sen-Gupta (2006)- Universal Music France 983 762 6 .LC 00699
This DVD features a 60 minute documentary (Shakti Timeless) on the band starting from the early seventies. John and Zakir speak about their beginnings, their era with L. Shankar and T.H. Vinayakram.
The DVD also includes:
- 45 minutes of sound check footage of Remember Shakti before a Concert at the New Morning in Paris 2004
- 55 minutes of a historic concert called Saturday Night in Bombay (Mumbai, India) in 2000.
- Two Live Concerts of the band shot with the original band (with L. Shankar & "Vikku" T. H Vinayakram from New Morning 1976 (Montreux Jazz Festival) as well as Montreux Jazz 2004.
- Also contains clips from Mahavishnu Orchestra in Syracuse, U.S 1972. (Never seen before)
- Remember Shakti (2002)- Universal Records- (Includes Remember Shakti, The Believer, Saturday Night in Bombay, bonus DVD performance of Saturday Night in Bombay, and bonus track Niyati.)