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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 Grammy Award-winning Indian musician best known for his virtuosity on the sitar. In becoming world-famous, Shankar was awarded the three highest national civil honours of India: Padma Bhushan, in 1967, Padma Vibhushan, in 1981, and Bharat Ratna, in 1999. He received the music award of the UNESCO International Music Council in 1975, three Grammy Awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award. Post his death, Grammy announced Pandit Ravi Shankar as a recipient of the lifetime-achievement Grammy. Grammy award-winning singer Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar, also a noted sitarist, are amongst his 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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  • nobledeath

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

    18 Jul 8:16am Reply
  • AndreDias164

    Blissfully amazing!

    10 Jun 10:33pm Reply
  • rhinowing

    dis homie could shred

    6 Jun 6:15am Reply
  • Blaine_The_Mono

    Blissful. Warm. Alleviating.

    25 Apr 8:06pm 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 6:06pm Reply
  • Ali-Red

    no one says this but he influenced drone music a great deal.

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Guipreissler

    Sitar Hero.

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • the_melvin

    ravi shankar is so good, noone would even know if he ever hit a wrong note. i dont even think theres a wrong note in that sitar.

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • nfrae

    I love explaining Ravi's disdain for hippies when people ask me, "Why are you playing this new-age bullshit?"

    27 Jun 2013 Reply
  • rkmeena177

    can not find the play button ;(

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Philthehippy

    And for the record after reading some silly messages on here. Let people make their own dedications without arguing about the words they should use. Enjoy the music and keep that alive forever.

    27 May 2013 Reply
  • Philthehippy

    Still after these short months after you left us it still feels raw to me, I could never thank Ravi enough for the music. I saw him in Manchester before his death and it was the greatest blessing for me. A truely wonderful night I will carry in my heart all my life. Had the honour to meet him with my uncle many years ago and he was a true gentleman.

    27 May 2013 Reply
  • VRYTHM

    Now he is playing for angels!!!!!!!

    24 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Isaaaaaak

    yeah saying RIP about the guy when he thinks he's reincarnated sounds a bit shitty, nice intentions aside.

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • M3tthew

    http://m3tthew.blogspot.com/2013/02/india_9.html

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • dr_bun

    so what if your offended it doesnt mean your right

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • uhmnotreally

    uhm i think 'rest in peace' is barely acceptable for hinduists or buddhists. watch not to insult people with your ignorance before saying something. just saying

    4 Feb 2013 Reply
  • danmarzella24

    R.I.P. Ravi Shankar.

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    check out "mangalam" or "prabhujee" on chants of india, see how you like it compared with "Swara Kakali (based on Raga Tilang)"

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    I would start with Chants of India with George Harrison for a more 'song' based version of Ravi. To dig deeper there are a few "best of" CDs that cover a lot more ground. I got "the very best of" on itunes for maybe 10$ and it has many collaborations he did with western musicians as well as ragas and such. really nice stuff. I'm no expert though, I need to get sounds of india.

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
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