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Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar by Oliver Craske

The definitive biography of the Maestro, told with the cooperation of his estate, family, and friends.  Rigorously researched and lovingly presented, Oliver Craske offers a detailed and compelling account of the life of Ravi Shankar and the worlds he touched through his music and personal journey. More Info. “This first authorized biography is the product of 25 years’ research and interviews. For fans of Shankar and Indian classical, Oliver Craske’s mighty work will surely be a delight.” – The Guardian

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2020 Nine Decades Releases Announced!

Nine Decades Series 2020 Releases Announced!

On April 24th, we will be releasing two fantastic recordings from the Ravi Shankar Foundation’s archives. • Nine Decades Vol. 6: Dutch-India Airwaves On May 27, 1957 Ravi Shankar (sitar), Chatur Lal (tabla) and Nodu Mallick (tanpura) performed in Amsterdam at the Concertgebouw. It was Shankar’s first appearance as a solo artist in The Netherlands. Though there is no audio of that concert, we are lucky to have this music, recorded earlier in the day at the Radio Netherlands studios in Hilversum as well as an interview with Ravi Shankar, done in both Hindi and English, recorded at a museum in Leiden. As a rare glimpse…

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Ravi Shankar's Ghanashyam A Broken Branch

Nine Decades Vol. 5: Ravi Shankar’s Ghanashyam A Broken Branch

In times when vice is treated as virtue, music can be a guide while navigating the rush of current events. To that end, on July 14th, 2017, EMWMusic will release Nine Decades Vol. 5 – Ravi Shankar’s Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch.  Originally commissioned as a music theater piece by the Birmingham Touring Opera Company and premiering in 1989, Ghanashyam explores the endless creation and destruction that can surround the artist in turbulent times. Created out of his deep concern over the youth culture’s preoccupation with drugs as an “easy escape from the sadhana found in disciplined hard work,” Ravi Shankar wrote this outstanding piece to illuminate…

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EMWM1016 Maya Bickram Ghosh's Dedication to Ravi Shankar

MAYA – Bickram Ghosh’s Dedication to Ravi Shankar

New release from EMWMusic! Life according to the Hindu philosophy is an illusion. This world conceals the real spiritual world behind a veil. Maya is the veil that conceals this true character of spiritual reality. We strive and struggle through our lives to grasp the true nature of our existence. We travel from childhood to adulthood, through relationships, romance, sorrow and happiness, not realizing that the lives we experience are not our true nature at all. Therein lies the need for a spiritual quest that finally leads us to our destination. Maya is an ode to the beauty of this illusion, a force so strong that…

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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 and Anoushka Shankar: Live in Bangalore CD + DVD

On February 7th, 2012, two months before his 92nd birthday, Ravi Shankar performed with his daughter Anoushka at the Bangaluru Palace Grounds in Bangalore, India. With a set including Raga Yaman Kalyan, Raga Tilak Shyam, Raga Khamaj and folk medley, they played for over three hours to the delight of a sold-out audience. Captured here on DVD and CD is the final and breathtaking Indian concert performance of the man who brought the cultural riches of the East to the West, the musician who dedicated his life to the learning, teaching and performance of Indian classical music, and the maestro who taught us the importance of…

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Anoushka Shankar’s latest solo album: Home

Anoushka’s latest solo album Home, released on Deutsche Grammophone on Friday 10th of July. Home is a pure Indian classical album which showcases the meditative and virtuosic qualities of the Indian raga. Home features two ragas, one of which is a creation of Ravi Shankar’s, and with them Anoushka shares an intimate, heartfelt live performance in the traditional style. Purchase on iTunes.

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New Release! Nine Decades Vol. 4: A Night at St. John the Divine

On August 6, 1976, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his first US concert appearance, Ravi Shankar organized a dusk ‘til dawn concert at the historic St. John the Divine cathedral in New York City. The concert, featuring many acts of the day and several virtuosos of the Indian classical world, ended at dawn with an extended set from the Maestro. To mark the 60th anniversary of his first introduction to the West, EMWMusic is proud to release his remastered concert as the fourth installment of our Nine Decades series. Accompanied by the great Alla Rakha on Tabla, the tracks, including Cathedral Multani and Cathedral Vachaspati,…

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