Shankar-Shambhu were a qawwali singer duo who also made their presence felt in Bollywood. They were brothers and disciples of Ustad Chand Khan Saheb of Delhi Gharana. While Shankar played the harmonium Shambhu accompanied on the violin. They were much noted for being Hindu qawwals. They mostly performed in shrines, temples and gurudwaras.
In Bollywood they were music directors and playback singers who sang numbers like “Ho Ke Maayus Tere” (“Laila Majnu”, 1976) and “Kissa Hota Hai Shuru” (“Teesri Kasam”, 1966). As music directors they composed the music for “Tumhara Kalloo” (1975) and “Kaala Sooraj” (1986).
The duo’s legendary run was cut short by a road accident which took Shankar’s life on 10 March 1984 while returning from a programme in Dungarpur, Rajasthan. Shambhu’s sons Rakesh Pandit is a playback singer and Deepak Pandit is a noted composer-violinist in Bollywood.