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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Anoushka Shankar returned to the Prague Festival stage for the first time in five years with an international ensemble, the Anoushka Shankar Project: Anoushka on sitar, the Indian musicians Tonmoy Bose on the tabla and Ravichandra Kulur on flutes and the khanjira (a kind of tambourine), Nick Able, a British player of the tanpura (a traditional Indian lute), and two Americans, Leo Dombecki on piano and Barry Phillips on cello. VIEW YOUTUBE >>
Celebrating 90 Years of Ravi Shankar in Concert – Film Screening & Recital Chicago, IL–In celebration of Ravi Shankar’s 90th Birthday and the recent launch of his personal record label, East Meets West Music, the Chicago Cultural Center is proud to present an evening dedicated to the life and achievements of the legendary Indian sitar master who turns 90 years old on April 7, 2010. Ravi Shankar is long credited for bringing Indian classical music, and in particular, the sitar, to the Western musical world over 50 years ago. The free event will begin at 6 PM in the Claudia Cassidy Theater with a screening of…
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 Delhi, India–Dedicated to the late George Harrison on his 67th birthday, the Ravi Shankar Centre holds its annual festival, featuring artists working in the Indian classical music and dance tradition. Including performances by Tanmoy Bose, Prasun Chatterjee, Vino Lele, Paromita Mukherjee, Rupak Kumar Parida, Ramachandra Behera, Jubabar Mishra, Agoimitra Behera, Arun Menon, Eswar Ramakrishman, Ramesh Babu, Mangal Prasad, Lakesh Anand, Vikash Babu, Pramod Prasanna, Romen Deka, Utpal Ghoshal, Swapnamoy Bannerjee, Rajendra Prasanna, Jazmin (Seth Blumberg, Armando Cepeda, Jesse Charnow, Leo Dombecki, Bodisattva Ghosh, Kenji Ota), Divya Shiva Sundar, Kushal Das, Shalini Patnaik, Sarathi Chatterjee, Parimal Sadaphal, Sanjeev Shankar, Saswati Sen. Supported by the Material World…
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 >>
Ravi received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from CNN-IBN. Honored for his truly global musical spirit and unparalleled achievements that rise above cultural and national barriers, the Award celebrates Ravi’s commitment to world music and its millions of admirers. READ MORE >>