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Exhibitions and Events

‘Musical Icon: Ravi Shankar’ at Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Icon: Ravi Shankar, a two-day celebration of the life and music of The Maestro, will take place on October 20 and 21, 2018 at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix. Events include hands-on activities, lectures, film screenings, and performances. The MIM Artist Gallery currently displays two of Ravi Shankar’s sitars, as well as a traditional Indian dress worn by Ravi’s daughter, Anoushka Shankar. For more information on the event, visit the MIM website. Musical Icon: Ravi Shankar is presented in partnership with the Ravi Shankar Foundation.

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Historic Ravi Shankar Lecture Tapes at CCNY

In April 2018, City College of NY Libraries presented the ‘Concert for Ravi Shankar’ to celebrate the recent completion of a collaborative digitization project working with the Ravi Shankar Foundation. As part of the project, 75 reel-to-reel tape recordings of Shankar’s historic CCNY lectures have been digitized, and will be made accessible to library patrons. An article on the CCNY Libraries blog includes some highlights from the Shankar collection, including audio clips.

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Beatlestory Museum Liverpool – The Beatles in India

The award-winning The Beatles Story™ in Liverpool is celebrating 50 years since The Beatles travelled to Rishikesh, India with the launch of a new special exhibition. Opening in February 2018, ‘Beatles in India’ will look at this key and relatively secretive part of the Beatles’ story with never-before-seen memorabilia, imagery and personal accounts from the people who were there with the band in 1968. A sitar used by Ravi Shankar will go onto display within the new immersive area, loaned to The Beatles Story by the Ravi Shankar Foundation. As George Harrison’s mentor, Ravi’s influence on the Beatle ultimately helped to popularise the use of Indian instruments…

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Anoushka Shankar – Live in San Diego

On April 3rd, 2017 Anoushka Shankar will perform her HOME album live in San Diego, California as part of the Indian Fine Arts Academy’s yearly celebration of Ravi Shankar’s birthday. The concert will take place at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theater at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center. Help honor the memory of the Sitar Maestro and celebrate the legacy of his music that lives on in Anoushka’s talent. Tickets available here.

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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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Bickram Ghosh – Live – Drums of India

Electrifying, entrancing, unbelievable – that’s what it’s like to see tabla player Bickram Ghosh perform live with his group Drums of India.  With four master drummers from India playing a variety of traditional Indian drums and supported with sitar, Drums of India delivers audiences into an animated, percussive sea of beats ands rhythms that connects East and West.  Get your tickets today to see them live on October 15, 2016 at The Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia!

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“Ravi Shankar: A Life in Music” Grammy Museum Exhibition

The GRAMMY Museum is pleased to announce it will debut its latest exhibit, Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The exhibit will mark the first in the United States to celebrate India’s most esteemed musician. Through a collection of sitars, artifacts and rare photographs from the Shankar family, the exhibit will provide visitors with a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the GRAMMY-winning world music icon’s early life, the roots of his musicality and his vast impact on Western music. The exhibit will feature: A collection of sitars played by Shankar, including one from the 1930s; Shankar’s GRAMMY Awards, including the 1972 Album Of…

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An Evening with Anoushka Shankar

Sunday, April 17, 2016 8:00 p.m. Balboa Theatre 868 Fourth Avenue @ E Street Gaslamp – San Diego, CA 92101 Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is one of the leading figures in World Music today. She is deeply rooted in Indian classical music, having studied exclusively with her father, the legendary Ravi Shankar, from the age of nine. Thriving as a composer, she has been exploring the fertile ground in the crossover between Indian music & a variety of genres, including flamenco, electronica, jazz & Western classical music. In this performance, Anoushka explores this fascinating world by fusing electronica mixed with traditional acoustic performance, supported…

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“Ravi Shankar: Connections through Music” CCNY Exhibition

City College of New York’s Music Library is featuring a small exhibition of photographs and ephemera of Ravi Shankar, focusing on 1967 when he taught a series of lectures on Indian Classical Music. The Exhibition will run from April 1 – June 30, 2015 in Shepard Hall Room 160. Check out the manuscripts and images illustrating the vast connections the Maestro made through music.

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