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Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar
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India
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Ravi Shankar, KBE (7 April 1920 – 11 December 2012), often referred to by the title Pandit, was an Indian musician and composer who played the sitar. He has been described as the best-known contemporary Indian musician. Shankar was born in Varanasi and spent his youth touring Europe and India with the dance group of his brother Uday Shankar. He gave up dancing in 1938 to study sitar playing under court musician Allauddin Khan. After finishing his studies in 1944, Shankar worked as a composer, creating the music for the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray, and was music director of All India Radio, New Delhi, from 1949 to 1956. In 1956, he began to tour Europe and the Americas playing Indian classical music and increased its popularity there in the 60s through teaching, performance, and his association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and rock artist George Harrison of the Beatles. Shankar engaged Western music by writing concerti for sitar and orchestra and toured the world in the 70s and 80s. From 1986 to 1992 he served as a nominated member of Rajya Sabha, the upper chamber of the Parliament of India. Shankar was awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1999, and received three Grammy Awards. He continued to perform in the 00s, sometimes with his younger daughter, Anoushka. He was posthumously awarded two Grammy awards in 2013, one for lifetime achievement, another for The Living Room Sessions Part 1 in the world music category.
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Releases on file (11)
Ravi Shankar — The Living Room Sessions Part 2 Ravi Shankar — The Living Room Sessions Part 2
(East meets West EMWM 1009, 2013, CD)
Ravi Shankar — The Living Room Sessions Part 1 Ravi Shankar — The Living Room Sessions Part 1
(East meets West EMWM 1006, 2012, CD)
Ansoushka Shankar — Anourag Ansoushka Shankar — Anourag
(Angel Records 7243 5 56969 2 2, 2000, CD)
Ravi Shankar — In Hollywood, 1971 Ravi Shankar — In Hollywood, 1971
(Northern Spy NS 073, 1971/2016, 2LP/CD/DL)
Various Artists — The Concert for Bangla Desh Various Artists — The Concert for Bangla Desh
(Capitol 09463-35880-2-8, 1971/2012, 2CD)
Ravi Shankar — In San Francisco Ravi Shankar — In San Francisco
(One Way S21-18199, 1967/1995, CD)
Yehudi Menuhin / Ravi Shankar — West Meets East Yehudi Menuhin / Ravi Shankar — West Meets East
(BGO BGOCD445, 1966/1999, CD)
Ravi Shankar — Improvisations Ravi Shankar — Improvisations
(Angel Records 7243 5 67049 2 3, 1962/1999, CD)
Ravi Shankar — India's Master Musician Ravi Shankar — India's Master Musician
(Angel Records CDM 7243 5 67023 2 5, 1958/1999, CD)
Ravi Shankar — The Sounds of India Ravi Shankar — The Sounds of India
(Columbia CK 9296, 1958/1989, CD)
Ravi Shankar — Three Ragas Ravi Shankar — Three Ragas
(Angel Records CDM 7243 5 67310 2 8, 1956/2000, CD)

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