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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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Anoushka Shankar to Tour India Next Month

Article from Business Standard Anoushka Shankar, daughter of legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar, will visit India next month to promote her new single ‘Traces Of You’ from her Indo-Western album of the same name. The 32-year-old Grammy nominated sitarist’s two city concert in Mumbai and Delhi will take place on December 12 and December 13. The concert is put together by Bliss Entertainment. “I am very excited to be coming to India. I will travel to the sub-continent to promote my latest single. It’s going to be a memorable trip as this is my first visit to India after Zubin (first child) was born. All this couldn’t…

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See Utsav! Artist Ashwini Bhide Deshpande in Concert

Experience first hand the world-renowned classical Hindustani vocalist in the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana tradition! Concert dates for November and December announced. “Ashwini Bhide is not only a music scholar but is also blessed with a beautiful voice. I have personally known Ashwini since her early teens and it makes me so happy to see her blossom into such a wonderful Khayal singer….” – Ravi Shankar “With her extraordinary vocalism, Ashwini’s unadorned passages brought to fore her reverence for the poetic element. With shifting accentuations she unfolded the emotions in the microtonal meanings of the notes leaving the listening experience rich and moving.” – Deepa Ganesh; The Hindu…

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Utsav! Series Now Availalbe

UTSAV! is an East Meets West Music series celebrating the life, music and legacy of Ravi Shankar, featuring musicians and students inspired by the Maestro and who continue his mission of peace through music. The first two installments include Arghyam – The Offering by world renowned classical Hindustani vocalist in the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana tradition Ashwini Bhide Deshpande and Raga & Raj, a set of daring, experimental compositions by Barry Phillips – a long time student of Ravi Shankar – Linda Burman-Hall harpsichordist extraordinaire with Lux Musica Ensemble!

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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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Traces of You Official Video

Anoushka Shankar returns with the stunning new single “Traces Of You,” Featuring Norah Jones, taken from her forthcoming album of the same name. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO “TRACES OF YOU.” ORDER NOW AMAZON ORDER NOW ITUNES BUY NOW

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Tribute to Pandit Ravi Shankar at Southbank Centre

Sept 20, 2013 Oliver Craske offers a unique insight into one of the greatest Indian classical music maestros and cultural ambassadors, Pandit Ravi Shankar. Find out more about the life and times of this great musician in a talk featuring rarely seen photographs. Festival Pass The Darbar Festival Pass costs £135 and gives you access to all the Darbar events… READ MORE>> There is only a limited number of Festival Passes available. You cannot book them online – please call 0844 847 9910 between 9am and 8pm daily to book.

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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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