|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, Katy Perry, 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 2004, she collaborated with composer John Debney on the Oscar-nominated score for the movie The Passion of the Christ. Her voice and double violin can be heard throughout the movie, and she is also credited with co-composing several musical cues.
Shankar has been associated with the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. She has performed for them several times, as well as receiving their scoring achievement award for her contribution to The Passion of the Christ.
She composed music for Al Massad's Sundance award-winning documentary Recycle as well as his documentary This is My Picture When I Was Dead, which won first prize for best documentary at the Dubai International Film Festival.
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 scored Water & Power, a thriller directed by Richard Montoya of Culture Clash (performance troupe). It stars Enrique Murciano, Emilio Rivera, Clancy Brown and is executive produced by Edward James Olmos. The score features music from Chicano Batman, Las Cafeteras, One Day as a Lion and others.
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.
- 2004: Passion of the Christ
- 2007: Charlie Wilson's War
- 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
- 2003: Enlightenment – L. Shankar, Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakram
- 2008: The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! – Saul Williams
- 2010: Anywhere But Here – Solo EP
- 2014: Prism – Katy Perry
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