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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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Tenth Decade in Concert

TENTH DECADE IN CONCERT: LIVE IN ESCONDIDO DVD! Cinematographer and director Alan Kozlowski presents an intimate look at a 91-year-old Ravi Shankar performing in southern California in October 2011. Kozlowski, known for his work on documentaries featuring the likes of Jeff Bridges and Jackson Browne as well as feature films such as Travellers and Magicians, offers a uniquely personal perspective on Ravi Shankar. The filmmaker has studied music with Ravi since 1978, and has produced a documentary honoring Ravi called Sangeet Ratna and co-produced with George Harrison a collection of Ravi’s work called In Celebration. The love of subject is clear in the film, but it’s…

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The Living Room Sessions Part 1

In October 2011, at the age of 91, Ravi Shankar invited his long-time tabla accompanist, Tanmoy Bose, to his home in Encinitas, California for an informal recording session. Over four days in Shankar’s living room, they recorded seven different ragas. The resulting music is pure Shankar, combining his deep musical experience and brilliant technique with the passion he brings to live performance. The first of two releases, The Living Room Sessions Part 1, consists of four tracks that span a wide range of Indian classical styles – from the opening Raga Malgunji, a meditative raga reflecting on the distance between the human and the supreme; to…

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SONGLINES names Traveller one of the ten best albums of 2011

SONGLINES Magazine names Anoushka Shankar’s Traveller one of the ten best albums of 2011! With its East/West mix of Indian Classical music and Spanish Flamenco, Traveller will satisfy the improvisor in every listener. From the Guardian: “allows her to demonstrate her inspired instrumental work in the company of Indian musicians and the flamenco elite, including the producer and guitarist Javier Limón. The best tracks are those where Shankar takes chances, matching uninhibited sitar improvisation against flamenco percussion and the furious, inspired piano work of Pedro Ricardo Miño on the thrilling Buleria Con Ricardo, or backing the passionate singing of Duquende or more thoughtful Concha Buika. There…

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Nine Decades Volumes 2 and 3 Now Available!

The Nine Decades series continues with its next two volumes: Reminiscence of North Vista – a live recording from a private party at Ravi’s North Vista home in Los Angeles on August 29, 1969- and Orchestral Experimentations – a set of nine studio tracks featuring Ravi Shankar’s earliest compositional experimentations with his National Orchestra recorded between 1950 and 1954. Hand picked by the Maestro from his vast archive – these recordings offer two different sides of Ravi Shankar’s genius: spontaneity of live performance and the brilliance of studio composing. Each testifies once again to the East-West philosophy core to the Ambassador of World Music!

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An Evening with the Maestro

On October 9, 2011 the California Center for the Arts in Escondido CA will host evening with Maestro Ravi Shankar celebrating his 10th Decade, 6 – 8pm. This special evening will feature a performance by Ravi Shankar accompanied by Tanmoy Bose on tabla, Samir Chatterjee on percussion, Ravichandra Kulur on flute and Parimal Sadaphal on Sitar. Enjoy a rare candid evening with the Ambassador of World Music!

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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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Raga DVD

EMWMusic is excited to annouce the upcoming re-release of RAGA: A FILM JOURNEY INTO THE SOUL OF INDIA, a film documenting Ravi Shankar’s unique career in the late 1960s, early 1970s. EMWMusic is working with Modulus Studios in Boston on digitally re-mastering of the 35mm print, optimizing the film to modern color range resolution and standards as well as creating a fully re-mastered audio soundtrack. Originally released in 1971, Raga: A Journey into the Soul of India documents the life of sitar master Ravi Shankar in the late 1960s and early 1970s, following him on his return to India to revisit his guru, Bengali multi-instrumentalist and…

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