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Ravi Shankar

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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India (1939 – 2012)

Ravi Shankar (7 April 1920 – 11 December 2012), often referred to by the title Pandit, was a multiple Grammy Award-winning Indian musician best known for his virtuosity on the sitar. Shankar was awarded the three highest national civil honours of India: the Padma Bhushan, in 1967, the Padma Vibhushan, in 1981, and the Bharat Ratna, in 1999. He has received honours from the UNESCO International Music Council, three Grammy Awards, a Magsaysay award, a Légion d’honneur and was nominated for an Academy Award. He was also a posthumous recipient of the lifetime-achievement Grammy in 2012. Grammy award-winning singer Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar, also a Grammy-nominated sitarist, are among his three children.

Born on 7th April 1920 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India into an orthodox, well-off Brahmin family, Rabindra Shankar Chowdery’s father, ShyÆm Shankar, was employed as a diwan (minister) by the Maharajah of Jhalawar. By the age of 13, Ravi Shankar was going along on every tour of his brother Uday Shankar’s Compagnie de Danse et Musique Hindoue (Company of Hindu Dance and Music). At the All-Bengali Music Conference in December 1934, he met the multi-instrumentalist Allauddin Khan. Precisely when Allauddin Khan was born is uncertain. People hazard dates in the 1860s around 1862, but in later years he himself gave his age haphazardly. He would transform many musicians’ lives, but he had an incalculable effect on Ali Akbar (his son), Annapurna Devi (his daughter), and Shankar himself. Allauddin Khan joined Uday’s troupe as its principal soloist around 1935-1936.

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  • I0000days

    I can somewhat understand the appeal, but to me it sounds like mosquito farts. I guess there's a fine line between godly and goofy.

    5 Jun 11:22am Reply
  • DrunkenAirplane

    Mmmmmmmmm, Bhagavāna !

    6 Apr 4:22pm Reply
  • nowaybabe

    Uma das melhores coisas que já ouvi, Ravi Shankar tinha um verdadeiro dom, nunca vi alguém fazer música com tanta naturalidade e simplicidade. Muito mais do que um músico, um verdadeiro sábio.

    3 Mar 1:14am Reply
  • What-

    शांति में आराम. [3]

    17 Feb 6:09am Reply
  • sbsnpr

    marpare jun kare mate hika nun ha

    3 Feb 8:26pm Reply
  • wizardjet

    His music is godly. Makes u feel as if u're in heaven. Bahu-Rang (Grand Finale) is the best.

    16 Jan 7:50pm Reply
  • aliahmadizade

    mystic and incridible! I admire him always.and Bismillah Khan too.

    9 Jan 11:13pm Reply
  • LalooPandey

    This is Hinduism,Mother of all Faiths and believer in the Women Power.

    3 Jan 1:20pm Reply
  • LalooPandey

    Most of us don't know how many awards Pandit Ravi Shankar won;but everyone must have heard about his international reputation.I had the opportunity to listen to his recital as I was in Frankfurt (Hoechst) undergoing training in Plastics Engineering.I felt so proud.

    3 Jan 1:13pm Reply
  • Carpe4Diem

    То, что доктор прописал.

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Cocteauholic

    Well, @nobeldeath, what's shit to you might be strawberries to others, so be busy with your self.

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Cocteauholic

    'A Sitar Recital' is crazy!!!!

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • silenceissexy77

    El Ravi Shankarlos ♥

    20 Aug 2014 Reply
  • ymmgeir

    True human being!

    16 Aug 2014 Reply
  • camdeath

    i actually rolled up my sleeves to tell you how fucking retarded you are, nobledeath.

    13 Aug 2014 Reply
  • nobledeath

    Indian music in general are shit, except indian metal and his music

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • AndreDias164

    Blissfully amazing!

    10 Jun 2014 Reply
  • rhinowing

    dis homie could shred

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Blaine_The_Mono

    Blissful. Warm. Alleviating.

    25 Apr 2014 Reply
  • BallerCraig

    My Life is not good, not on suicide, but when I get this songs on my head, my Life is better. Mmmmm......

    26 Feb 2014 Reply
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