Donnerstag, April 06, 2006

RAVI SHANKAR, THE CELEBRATED INDIAN MUSICIAN


Ravi Shankar (born April 7, 1920 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India) is a Bengali-Indian musician best known for his virtuosity on the sitar.

A disciple of Allauddin Khan (founder of the Maihar gharana of Indian classical music), Pandit Ravi Shankar is arguably the best-known Indian instrumentalist, and is well known for his pioneering work in bringing the power and appeal of the Indian classical music tradition, as well as Indian music and its performers in general, to the West. This was done through his association with The Beatles as well as with his own personal charisma. His musical career spans over six decades and Shankar currently holds the Guinness Record for the longest international career.

It's now 34 years ago when one of my friends presented me a record with Ravi Shankar's marvellous Ragas and 34 years later I've had the chance to see and hear him peronally during one of his concerts in Venice and I've been completely enthusiasic about his art.

At the moment my favorite music of Ravi Shankar is a disc called "Homage to Mahatma Gandhi" which I can only recommend to everybody who is searching for inner peace ...



The Homage to Mahatma Gandhi referred to in the title is a Ravi Shankar composition entitled "Raga Mohan Kauns." It was composed on the spot during a radio broadcast at the request of the announcer, just days after the assassination of Ghandi in 1948.

14 Comments:

Blogger Ryan said...

i luv coming 2 your blog Uncle. its like a history lesson every time.

6:53 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Ryan:
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That's fine, my boy. I always liked history lessons too! I've even studied history 2 semester-long at the university, but this study was very boring for you had to learn by memorise when an aunt of a prince was born and when she died ... for example :-( Very boring! But I like the great historical connection to be able to understand better all the errors of the politics in our world, but on the other side the art-history is a beautiful thing, becaus art is beautiful! Isn't it?

Besides, wouldn't it be possible, that your Mom could be so kind to prepare some connctions for some interesting jobs for Mike, because she lives in Atlanta and probably she knows a lot of people there?
Did you already ask her about this ??? I think this would be the best way for getting a job for Mikey! What do you think about this?

Uncle Castor

7:49 nachm.  
Blogger sirreene said...

I agree with ryan.

3:29 vorm.  
Blogger Prmod Bafna said...

Nice and informative! i think of all his peroformances the best i liked was definitely his morning performance in the Monterey international pop festival of 1967. He sure was the first indian to go international on such a massive scale. I have a feeling you might even like the band "Shakti" a fusion band combining indian music with jazz, with the likes of John mclaughlin, zakir hussain, l.shankar etc.

12:48 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Sirreene:
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:-) OK, let's create an Adult Education Center! And You will teach Erotic Aerobic, my Venus! :-)

2:26 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Prmod Bafna:
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Thank you for your advice, Prmod! I'll try to get somthing of "Shakti" as soon as possible!

2:29 nachm.  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

i love ravi shankar and i love classical indian music. the sound of sitars and tablas is exquisite but what amazes me is this. we in the west have our own 'classical' music which is composed and then played back without any improvisation. we in the west have jazz which is composed and the features heavy improvisation. 'classical' indian music pre-dates jazz by many years and yet contains elements of both compsed and improvisational music. brilliant!

3:08 nachm.  
Blogger Prmod Bafna said...

Incidentally, Shakti was a fusion blend of classical indian music and jazz ;)

3:40 nachm.  
Blogger Sujay Sukumar said...

George Harrison of the beatles was a student of Pandit Ravishankar, and then the world rejoiced the song 'Norwegian Wood'.

My favourite of Ravi shankar is actually the coming together of Yehudi Menuhin and himself in "West Meets East" collections.

castor -> Great post. Hats off to you.

6:46 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Cocaine Jesus and Prmod Bafna:
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The combining of Indian music with jazz is totally new for me and I am already curious about the sound.

I only know that here in Vienna some young Roma (Gypsy) - Musicians do the same with their traditional Roma-Music.
Sure, there is no relation between the Indian classical music and the traditional Roma-music (although Sinti and Roma came from India to Europe ca 500 years ago), but it is interesting that there is a similar development ...

11:03 nachm.  
Blogger Brad said...

I am sorry to say I have not heard this artist. I shall have to rectify that. As for Ghandi... he is one of the men I admire MOST in history. What a truly remarkable man he was and able to maintain such personal strength inspite of such persecution!

11:16 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Sujay Sukumar:
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Thanks Sujay, also the cooperation of Ravi Shankar and Yehudi Menuhin is new for me! I only read about the coming together of Zubin Mehta with Ravi Shankar ... I see I have to go soon to my music shop :-)

11:18 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Brad:
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Just now I've found a website with some samples of Ravi Shankar's Raga music for your information!

http://ravishankar.calabashmusic.com/

Besides, he has homes in Encinitas, California and in New Delhi, that means, that he is sometimes your neighbour :-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravi_Shankar

11:35 nachm.  
Blogger Derek said...

a friend turned me onto Ravi Shankar a while back when I really got into Norah Jones. They said if you like her you should hear her father and hear his music. It's quite beautiful.

4:24 vorm.  

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