|Also known as||Gingger Shankar|
|Origin||Los Angeles, United States|
|Genres||Pop, Rock, Electronica, World, Carnatic|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-Songwriter, Violinist, Composer|
|Instruments||Vocals, double violin, violin, viola|
|Associated acts||The Smashing Pumpkins, Rabbit in the Moon|
Shankar was born in Los Angeles, California and raised there and in India. She is the eldest daughter of violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam. Her mother, Viji Subramaniam, was a classical singer just like her grandmother Lakshmi Shankar, sister-in-law of noted sitarist Ravi Shankar. As a child, she learned to sing, dance, and play violin and piano and attended the Kalakshetra creative arts school in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Later, she studied opera vocals with professional opera singer Tantoo Cardinal in Sherman Oaks, California. She also modeled and acted in stage productions. She began performing professionally at age 14.
Shankar plays the violin, cello and piano. She is the only female in the world to play the double violin. This ten-string, stereophonic instrument covers the entire orchestral range, including double bass, cello, viola and violin.
In 2012, she debuted her multi-media project Himalaya Song at the Sundance Film Festival. It was a project about climate change in the Himalayas with live film, narration and music created by Gingger, Mridu Chandra and Dave Liang of the Shanghai Restoration Project. It was chosen as one of the 10 Best Music Films at Sundance by Rolling Stone Magazine.
In 2014, she performed at the George Fest in Los Angeles with the Flaming Lips honoring George Harrison. Other artists included Weird Al Yankovic, Brandon Flowers, Norah Jones, Dhani Harrison, Brian Wilson and more.
- 2008: The Forbidden Kingdom
- 2011: Circumstance
- 2011: Homecoming Film
- 2011: Bedouin
- 2012: 419
- 2012: Himalaya Song - Collaboration with Shanghai Restoration Project
- 2013: Dose of Reality
- 2013: The Missing Tomb National Geographic
- 2013: Monsoon Shootout
- 2014: Girl, Adopted Documentary
- 2014: Brahmin Bulls
- 2014: Water & Power
- 2014: Katiyabaaz Documentary
- 2014: Teacher In A Box- ITVS
- 2016: AWOL
- 2003: Enlightenment – L. Shankar, Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakram
- 2008: The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! – Saul Williams
- 2010: Anywhere But Here – Solo EP
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