ananda shankar was born in almora, uttar pradesh in 1942. the son of dancers uday and amala shankar and the nephew of pandit ravi shankar, he was raised in an artistically creative atmosphere. he studied sitar with dr lalmani mishra in banaras at the hindu university. in the late sixties he travelled to the west coast of america when the flower power generation was in full swing. the pop world was fascinated by all things sitar. informal jam sessions with jimi hendrix in 1969 soon resulted in attention from producers at warners reprise. the ensuing lp ananda shankar saw the young musician flexing his skills as composer and arranger. it featured amazing cover versions of the rolling stones' "jumping jack flash" and the doors "light my fire", ensuring the record's cult success then, and to this day.