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Lakshmi Shankar

June 16, 1926 – December 30, 2013 Hindustani Classical musician and sister in law of Raviji. She had a heavenly voice which would melt any heart. She was a kind and beautiful soul. We will miss her. -The Shankar Family

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Letter Found from Britain’s Greatest Opera Composer

LETTER FOUND FROM BRITAIN’S GREATEST OPERA COMPOSER’S DRAWER SHOWS HIS LOVE FOR RAVI SHANKAR Curators sifting through thousands of objects belonging to Britain’s musical geniuses — composer Benjamin Britten and opera singer Peter Pears have stumbled upon an ink written page in their private diaries where the duo recalls their experience of having heard Pandit Ravi Shankar perform live. Britten and Pears had visited India in the early 1950s. Their diary, which was used to jot down their daily experiences in India calls Shankar “the real thing”. The letter will be part of a museum in the Red House in Suffolk – where Britten and Pears…

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The Indian Express: Shankar Illustrated, “Yours in Music”

A graphic novel based on Pandit Ravi Shankar’s autobiography transports readers into the life and times of the sitar maestro. One would imagine that an autobiography of legendary musical maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar would be a big, fat book tracing his journey from beginning to the end and all the milestones in between. But when his wife Sukanya Ranjan wanted to record the legend’s story, she decided to do it a little differently. “Sukanyaji called me saying she wanted an illustrated representation of Guruji’s life. It was meant to be a surprise for his birthday,” says Shobit Arya, owner of Wisdom Tree Publications, which recently published…

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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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