In our continued efforts to showcase rare, unreleased recordings from the archive, we’ve created an audio presentation of a lecture given by Ravi Shankar in 1967 while a visiting professor at City College of New York. Learn how to answer the question, What is Raga? by listening to this 30 minute lecture. Learn about the origins of raga, Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande’s modernization of melas and thaats, the arohana (ascending) and the avarohana (descending) structures of ragi, terminology of notes like Vadi-Swar (the root, king, most important), Samavadi (fifths, consonants), Anuvadi (assonants), and Vivadi (dissonants, the who fights, or the note that is not there at all)….
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The GRAMMY Museum celebrated Ravi Shankar – India’s most esteemed musician – with the April 29, 2015 opening of Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music. The exhibit gave visitors a unique look into the GRAMMY-winning world music icon’s early life, the roots of his musicality and his vast impact on Western music – including John Coltrane, Philip Glass, Yehudi Menuhin and The Beatles. Revisit this exhibition at the Grammy’s new digital experiences site! View exhibition >>
On April 7th, Ravi Shankar would have turned 100. In celebration of the life and music of the Maestro is a special musical tribute to the Maestro. Even in uncertain times, music is the great conduit for community and love. Take a journey into the realm of Ravi Shankar’s music with his senior disciples Vishway Mohan Bhatt (mohan veena), Shubhendra Rao (Sitar), Gaurav Mazumdar (sitar), Aditya Verma (Sarod), Barry Phillips (cello), Ravichandra Kulur (bansuri flute), Ashwini Shankar (shehnai), Bickram Ghosh (tabla), BC Manjunath (mridangam) and led by his daughter, Anoushka Shankar (sitar).
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
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…
To celebrate Ravi Shankar’s Centennial, Dark Horse Records will release the George Harrison produced 1997 album ‘Chants of India’ on vinyl for the first time for Record Store Day 2020. The album will be available on 2 x 12” LP 180-Gram Red Vinyl and include an exclusive 12”x12” photo print. Head to your local record store on April 18th to buy your copy! recordstoreday.com
EMWMusic is pleased to announce a set of concerts produced by the Ravi Shankar Foundation celebrating the life and legacy of Ravi Shankar and to mark the centennial anniverasary of what would have been the Maestro’s 100th birthday. These concerts will feature Norah Jones, Anoushka Shankar, Philip Glass, Dhani Harrison, Nitin Sawhney and Ensemble of Ravi Shankar’s Foremost Disciples. Come on out and celebrate the life of one of the most lauded musicians of our time. Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Southbank Centre (London, United Kingdom) Anoushka Shankar, Norah Jones, Nitin Sawhney Saturday, May 16, 2020 San Diego Civic Theatre (San Diego, CA) Anoushka Shankar, Dhani Harrison…
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.
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.
Take a journey into the realm of Ravi Shankar’s music with his senior disciples Gaurav Mazumdar (sitar), Barry Phillips (cello), Ashwini Shankar (shehnai), and Arup Chattopadhyay (tabla). Grammy nominated Mazumdar has collaborated with composers including Philip Glass and performed at the Vatican. Grammy winner Phillips has toured worldwide with The Anoushka Shankar Project, performing at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall-London, and Sydney Opera House. Born into a family of renowned shehnai musicians, Shankar began playing at a young age and has entertained audiences across the globe. Currently a teacher and visiting lecturer, Chattopadhyay has played at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and…