Both the Ravi Shankar Foundation and East Meets West Music are dedicated to the mission of bringing Western and Eastern cultures together through music. Serious time and resources have been earmarked to digitally transferring and providing access to lectures, live concerts and pivotal historical studio recordings contained on the ¼” reel tapes from the Foundation’s archive.
This initiative, titled ACCESS RAGA, will preserve these important lectures and performances and make them available for the first time to educational and cultural institutions, and through a future online library at this site.
provides an opportunity to both present the work of Ravi Shankar as an example of openness and diversity, and to provide a compelling example of how the humanities impact our culture and history. With the key goals of preserving and providing access to primary materials, facilitating research, scholarship, and public programming, and emphasizing the transformative power of learning, ACCESS RAGA
promises to preserve and propagate the core of Ravi Shankar’s legacy: Peace Through Music.
We are currently working on our RAGA DIALOGUES
project – a collaborative effort between EMWMusic, The Ravi Shankar Foundation, The Grammy Foundation and City College of New York to digitize reel-to-reel tapes containing lectures Shankar gave at CCNY in the late 1960s when he was a visiting professor. With the help of Steve Addabo and Shelter Island Sound
and Michael Crowley, Music Librarian of the City College of New York
, we completed the first phase at the end of 2017 with the digitization of some 80 reels audio lectures. We soon hope to expand this page to a web portal where registered users can search these lectures and those Shankar gave at UCLA in the late 1960s and listen to key excerpts of the Maestro at his pedagogic best. As a teaser, here is an excerpt of Ravi speaking about the concepts of Sadhana and Siddhi. More soon!