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The Indian Express: Shankar Illustrated, “Yours in Music”

A graphic novel based on Pandit Ravi Shankar’s autobiography transports readers into the life and times of the sitar maestro. One would imagine that an autobiography of legendary musical maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar would be a big, fat book tracing his journey from beginning to the end and all the milestones in between. But when his wife Sukanya Ranjan wanted to record the legend’s story, she decided to do it a little differently. “Sukanyaji called me saying she wanted an illustrated representation of Guruji’s life. It was meant to be a surprise for his birthday,” says Shobit Arya, owner of Wisdom Tree Publications, which recently published…

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Ravi Shankar, Tenth Decade in Concert: LIVE IN ESCONDIDO | CIMM Fest

Friday, April 19 8:00 pm Society for Arts Chicago, IL Tickets: $10 Ravi Shankar, Tenth Decade in Concert: LIVE IN ESCONDIDO Cinematographer and director Kozlowski brings a personal perspective to his film of 91-year-old sitar master Ravi Shankar performing in southern California in October 2011. Kozlowski, who has himself studied the sitar with Ravi since 1978, lets the master’s raw, powerful performance leave its lasting impression. This film is a testament to this great artist simply unable to stop making his transformative music. See more info

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Songlines Music Awards 2013!

Songlines magazine announced its nominations for the 2013 Songlines Music Awards – with Ravi Shankar nominated for Best Artist for The Living Room Sessions Part 1! The awards, voted by Songlines readers and the general public, endeavour to celebrate and acknowledge the myriad of musical talents across the world. All the nominated artists have had albums reviewed in Songlines during 2012. Profiles of nominees will be published in the April/May issue of Songlines (#91), on sale from March 15. The winners of each category will be announced in the June issue (#92), on sale from April 26, 2013. Ravi is in great company for the Best…

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2013 Indian Music and Dance Festival

2013 Indian Music and Dance Festival Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Bharat Ratna Ravi Shankar Save money by purchasing tickets before March 1 and reserve your time to participate in 2013 Indian Music and Dance Festival from March 19 – March 24 at the David and Dorethea Garfield theater, the Jewish Community Center, La Jolla. We have a special celebration of Bharat Ratna Ravi Shankar ‘s musical legacy. Throughout the festival there will be opportunity to taste a wide range of Indian vegetarian cuisine from the South to the North and everywhere in between. The festival is certainly a must attend event for all, as it…

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Living Room Sessions wins Grammy for Best World Music Album

The Recording Academy awarded Ravi Shankar’ last recording, The Living Room Sessions Part I, the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. The album was recorded in his home in Encinitas, California with Tanmoy Bose. He had a lot of fun recording it and all of use at East Meets West Music are proud of the Maestro, his life and legacy! Available at EMWMusic shop.

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Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awarded to Ravi Shankar

The Recording Academy awarded the Lifetime Achievement award to the Ravi Shankar on February 9th at the 55th Grammy Awards Ceremony – something he learned of with delight and gratitude just one week before his passing in December of 2012. Starting in the early decades of the 20th century as a member of his brother Uday’s dance troupe, the Maestro’s career spanned some of the most important eras of East-West world music collaboration. During that time he won two Grammys – Best Chamber Music Performance in 1968 with Yehudi Menuhin for West Meets East (left, accepting with Alla Rakha) and for Album of the Year with…

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Farewell to the Master

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Pandit Ravi Shankar, Sitar virtuoso, cultural ambassador, teacher, friend and inspiration to all of us. But it is with great joy that we celebrate his life of 92 years and its uncompromising dedication to musical collaboration beyond national boundaries, virtuosity in every creative endeavor and a fundamental love of Gurukul teaching on Indian classical music forms. Please enjoy this slideshow of an amazing life and its incomparable love of music in all its forms. To donate to the Ravi Shankar foundation and help carry on the tradition of the Maestro, click here.  

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