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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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Ravi Shankar to receive ‘Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony’

The late sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar is to receive the first ‘Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony’ instituted by the Government of India. President Pranab Mukherjee announced the award as he addressed the first joint sitting of the budget session of Parliament today. During 2012, government commemorated the 150th Birth Anniversaries of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Madan Mohan Malaviya and Motilal Nehru apart from undertaking preparatory work for observing the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and the centenary of the Gadar movement. Story Courtesy of: www.radioandmusic.com

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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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Asia Society Screening

NY Asia Society honors one of Asia’s greatest living artists, sitar master Ravi Shankar, with a Legacy Award. Join us for this celebration and a special screening of the re-release and DVD premiere of the 1971 film Raga: A Film Journey into the Soul of India, which documented the life of Ravi Shankar in the late 1960s and 1970 as he revisited his guru Bab Ustad Allauddin Khan and performed across Europe and the United States, initiating Western audiences into the exceptional world of classical Indian music. DVDs of Raga will be on sale at the program. Special guests include the Maestro himself, along with Howard…

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Man’s World Profile on Pandi Ravi Shankar by S. Kalidas

New Delhi, India- S. Kalidas recently wrote a great profile of Pandit Ravi Shankar for the Indian Publication Man’s World. Below are excerpts of the fabulous article: “That drive, in itself, could be a signifier of Ravi Shankar’s genius as an artist. it is that innate need to keep in practice and to perform; to face the public yet all over again. To prove his worth, not only to the world, but most of all to himself. add to these, a capacity for constant travel: between cities, countries and continents. Year after year, for 80 long and eventful years and, hopefully, with many more to come….

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Ravi Radio Interview on BBC4 Radio

Ravi Shankar: Sitar Hero – BBC Radio 4 broadcasts a recent interview where Ravi talks about his life and music with Nitin Sawhney. Listen streaming via the web at 1:30pm BST / 8:30am EST Tuesday March 30th, repeated on Saturday 3rd April at 3:30pm BST / 10:30am EST: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rmrpt. ( Also available on BBC I-Player for 7 days.) LISTEN LIVE (Click ‘Listen Live’ top right) >>

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Ravi Shankar receives honorary degree from University of Melbourne

Ravi Shankar receives honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from University of Melbourne In a special conferring ceremony at the University of Melbourne, Australia Ravi joined the ranks of an international group of eminent people honoured by the University of Melbourne with the honorary degree of Doctor of Law. In recognizing Ravi’s outstanding commitment to music and humanity, theuniversity celebrates Ravi as an individual distinguished by eminent public service and outstanding cultural achievement. Previous recipients include the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, the Dalai Lama and Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi.

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The Ravi Shankar Foundation Launches Independent Recording Label

New York, NY–The Ravi Shankar Foundation proudly announces the launch of East Meets West Music (EMWMusic). With the creation of EMWMusic, Ravi Shankar bridges any divide between his recorded music and his audience. With unique access to an astonishing archive featuring thousands of hours of live performance audio, film footage, interviews, and studio masters, the legendary sitarist and composer hopes to provide a glimpse into what has most inspired and shaped him in his 70-plus years on stage. And, in keeping with Ravi’s dedication to looking forward and not back, EMWMusic provides a vibrant platform for new artists, projects, and collaborations. “There is something beautiful about…

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Ravi Shankar Receives First-Ever George Harrison Humanitarian Award

After his October performance at Carnegie Hall with Anoushka, Ravi was honored with the first-ever George Harrison Humanitarian Award. The award was presented by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF. Ravi was recognized for his unprecedented efforts in saving the lives of children, and his involvement with the Concert for Bangladesh. Organized by George Harrison and inspired by Ravi Shankar, the Concert marked the ground-breaking collaboration by rock musicians for a common humanitarian cause. READ MORE >>

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