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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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Anoushka Shankar Featured on Herbie Handcock’s ‘Imagine Project’

Anoushka Shankar is featured on Herbie Hancock’s ‘Imagine Project’ release, an unprecedented international recording and film project featuring collaborations between music legend Herbie Hancock and a dozen superstars from every region of the planet. Track 10, “The Song Goes On,” has Anoushka performing with Hancock, K.S. Chithra, the indomitable Chaka Khan and jazz legend Wayne Shorter. Once again out in front with crossover collaborations, Anoushka proves her dedication to carrying on the musical tradition of her father, Maestro Ravi Shankar, as well as her incredible range as an artist. Available June 22, 2010 on iTunes, Amazon, BestBuy, Borders, Barnes & Noble, & Target READ MORE>>

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Man’s World Profile on Pandi Ravi Shankar by S. Kalidas

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….

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