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…
New Delhi, India- S. Kalidas recently wrote a great profile of Pandit Ravi Shankar for the Indian Publication Man’s World. Below are excerpts of the fabulous article: “That drive, in itself, could be a signifier of Ravi Shankar’s genius as an artist. it is that innate need to keep in practice and to perform; to face the public yet all over again. To prove his worth, not only to the world, but most of all to himself. add to these, a capacity for constant travel: between cities, countries and continents. Year after year, for 80 long and eventful years and, hopefully, with many more to come….
Ravi Shankar: Sitar Hero – BBC Radio 4 broadcasts a recent interview where Ravi talks about his life and music with Nitin Sawhney. Listen streaming via the web at 1:30pm BST / 8:30am EST Tuesday March 30th, repeated on Saturday 3rd April at 3:30pm BST / 10:30am EST: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rmrpt. ( Also available on BBC I-Player for 7 days.) LISTEN LIVE (Click ‘Listen Live’ top right) >>
Ravi Shankar receives honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from University of Melbourne In a special conferring ceremony at the University of Melbourne, Australia Ravi joined the ranks of an international group of eminent people honoured by the University of Melbourne with the honorary degree of Doctor of Law. In recognizing Ravi’s outstanding commitment to music and humanity, theuniversity celebrates Ravi as an individual distinguished by eminent public service and outstanding cultural achievement. Previous recipients include the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, the Dalai Lama and Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi.
New York, NY–The Ravi Shankar Foundation proudly announces the launch of East Meets West Music (EMWMusic). With the creation of EMWMusic, Ravi Shankar bridges any divide between his recorded music and his audience. With unique access to an astonishing archive featuring thousands of hours of live performance audio, film footage, interviews, and studio masters, the legendary sitarist and composer hopes to provide a glimpse into what has most inspired and shaped him in his 70-plus years on stage. And, in keeping with Ravi’s dedication to looking forward and not back, EMWMusic provides a vibrant platform for new artists, projects, and collaborations. “There is something beautiful about…
After his October performance at Carnegie Hall with Anoushka, Ravi was honored with the first-ever George Harrison Humanitarian Award. The award was presented by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF. Ravi was recognized for his unprecedented efforts in saving the lives of children, and his involvement with the Concert for Bangladesh. Organized by George Harrison and inspired by Ravi Shankar, the Concert marked the ground-breaking collaboration by rock musicians for a common humanitarian cause. READ MORE >>