As Guitar virtuoso John Mclaughlin best known for his works in jazz-fusion outfit "The Mahavishnu Orchestra" delved deeper into eastern
spirituality, he developed an interest in the music of South India. Following the collapse of "The Mahavishnu Orchestra" in 1975,
Mclaughlinrecruited fellow musicians Lakshminarayana Shankar (violinist), Zakir Hussain (Tabla player) and T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram and
Ramnad V.Raghavan (Mridangam players) to form the indian traditional/jazz/fusion outfit Shakti.