Ravi Shankar

West Meets East, Abroad and in Columbus

May 12, 2017
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Last September, I wrote about the opera by Indian musician Ravi Shankar that was left unfinished when he died at the age of 92 in 2012 and about its recent completion. Sukanya premieres in England in a series of performances beginning tonight and leading up to a London performance at the Southbank Centre on May 19.


An opera begun by Indian musician and composer Ravi Shankar, and left unfinished at the time of his passing in 2012, has been completed by his collaborator, conductor David Murphy with musical help from Shankar's daughter Anoushka.  

She is a virtuoso sitar player of classical Indian music just as her father was.  The recent press launch states that the opera Sukanya will premier in England next May.  

West Meets East in Ravi Shankar's "Symphony"

Feb 11, 2016
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Indian musician Ravi Shankar said that the purpose of Indian music is to lead the listener "to a realm of awareness where the revelation of the true meaning of the universe--its eternal and unchanging essence--can be joyfully experienced."  This combination of the spiritual aspect of his performances and the sheer joy and exuberance he expressed while playing the sitar, made him one of the outstanding musical artists of the last 70 years.     

Rare and Glorious: Ravi Shankar Revisited

Apr 19, 2010

Among new recordings we've received, this one was brought to my attention, coming as it does, so close to Ravi Shankar's 90th birthday that I wrote about recently. Times Square Records, in conjunction with India's Saragama Records has released "Rare and Glorious," some of the best from this great Indian musician and some never-before released recordings from India.

Happy 90th Birthday Ravi Shankar

Apr 7, 2010

Ravi Shankar, the internationally celebrated sitar player and composer, turned 90 today. In addition to bringing India's ancient musical tradition to the West, he has collaborated with many well-known musicians in our tradition, most famously perhaps with the Beatles' George Harrison, but also with violinist Yehudi Menuhin, flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal, composer Philip Glass, conductors Andre Previn and Zubin Mehta, and he's been an important influence on many other musicians, including Jazz legend John Coltrane. He's been called the first great World Musician.