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Southbank Centre Sitarathon May 20th

On May 20th, 2017 to mark the London premiere of Ravi Shankar’s opera “Sukanya” on the 19th, the Southbank Centre will feature a full afternoon celebrating the legendary artist Ravi Shankar and the mesmerizing instrument, the sitar. The Sitarathon begins with a personal perspective – a special keynote talk as Ravi Shankar’s widow, Sukanya Shankar, appears in conversation with Oliver Craske, Ravi Shankar’s official biographer, reflecting on the musician’s legacy, life and work. Celebrations continue from 3:30pm with a mass public sitar workshop and performance, bringing together all ages and abilities for a collaborative session, showcasing what the sitar is capable of. Bring your own sitar…

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Sukanya: The Opera! May 12th Premiere

Ravi Shankar’s long-awaited last musical theater work, “Sukanya: The Opera,” is set to premiere in Leicester, UK on May 12th, 2017.  Myth, music and dance meet in this extravagant show, depicting a love story taken from the Sanskrit texts of the Mahabharata. After a terrible mistake leaves the ancient sage Chyavana blinded, the beautiful princess Sukanya finds herself marrying for the sake of her kingdom. A full description of the hard work put into making this production a reality can be found here. Performances will also be held at the Lowry (Salford), Symphony Hall (Birmingham), and Royal Festival Hall (Southbank Centre). Tickets available here.

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A Special Message from Sukanya Shankar

As we recognize December 11th as the date Ravi Shankar passed away in 2012, and face what seems like an uncertain future for all efforts with humanitarian ethics at their core, we at East Meets West Music pledge to continue to spread the message of peace and virtuosic work of the Maestro. Writing from India, Sukanya Shankar shares her thoughts here: It is four years since my beloved Raviji left his physical abode. I am getting used to his invisible presence in my life. I feel him and hear him constantly, there, in all my activities in one way or another. A few days ago I had gone to a dinner gathering where…

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Ravi Shankar In Hollywood, 1971 – CD Release!

Earlier this year, the Ravi Shankar Foundation teamed up with Northern Spy Records to offer a special vinyl limited edition of the previously unreleased recording of the Maestro, Ravi Shankar In Hollywood,  1971. Now East Meets West Music and Northern Spy Records are happy to announce a wider release of In Hollywood on CD and digital formats on September 30, 2016.  Lovingly remastered, this recording holds beautiful performances of Raga Parameshwari, Dhun, and Raga Sindhi Bhairavi as well as representing the moment of origin for the Concert for Bangladesh, since it was at this morning concert that Ravi Shankar and George Harrison discussed the potential of a benefit concert for those in Bangladesh. The…

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Get Your Vinyl! Ravi Shankar: In Hollywood, 1971

Ravi Shankar, In Hollywood, 1971 will be available at the following stores on Saturday, April 16, 2016 for for Record Store Day. More than an esoteric amusement, vinyl is the original format in which the West discovered the East through the playing of the Maestro. Profits will benefit The Ravi Shankar Foundation, which serves to educate the world about Indian classical music and to preserve the archive of Ravi Shankar, and Record Story Day is a great way to support local businesses. Plus, flipping through the bins you’ll discover some great music! Read more about the release here. Tuscaloosa, AL • Oz Music Phoenix, AZ • Stinkweeds-Phoenix • Zia Enterprises,…

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NEW Ravi Vinyl for Record Store Day, April 2016

EMWM is proud to announce that the Ravi Shankar Foundation has teamed up with Northern-Spy Records to release a new record by the Maestro – Ravi Shankar, In Hollywood, 1971 – presented across 2 LPs, for Record Store Day April 2016. Profits from this release benefit The Ravi Shankar Foundation, which serves to educate the world about Indian classical music and to preserve the archive of Ravi Shankar. The recording is of a morning concert in 1971 at Ravi’s home on Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California with George Harrison in attendance. As Ravi’s wife, Sukanya Shankar, attests in her amazing liner notes, this concert most certainly sowed the seed…

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Ravi Shankar Centre’s Festival of Indian Music & Dance 2016

The Ravi Shankar Centre in New Delhi India proudly presents its Festival of Classical Indian Music & Dance, February 4th – 7th, 2016.  As a celebration of the Maestro for his 96th birth anniversary and as a dedication to his dear friend George Harrison on his 76th birth anniversary, the Festival features stars of the Indian Classical world including Akram Khan, Hankim Sethi, Vinod Lele, Sarit Das, Murad Ali, Paromita Mukherjee, Apurba Mukherjee, Bharat Bhushan Goswami, Rishi Shankar Upadhyay, Prakash Kumar Rout, Rashi Niyazi, Deep Dharmadhikari, VSK Chakrapani, MV Chandersekhar, Akhilesh Bhatt, Mahavir Gangani, Amjad Ali, and Salim Kumar. To RSVP: call 26877242/3 or 950760096 Venue:…

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