India is a land of artistes and art dwells in every nook and corner of India. One such legendary artiste the nation was blessed to have was Pandit Ravi Shankar. Rightly called “the godfather of world music”, the sitar maestro was a gem of Indian classical music. On April 7, 2014, it's his 94th birth anniversary and on this occasion, we pay a tribute to his life and his music.
|PT.RAVI SHANKAR CONDUCTING THE ORCHETRA|
|GEORGE HARRISON, LEAD GUITARIST OF BEATLES|
WITH PT.RAVI SHANKAR
In the years to come, Ravi Shankar did many concerts internationally as well as in India, performed with many artistes and won numerous awards. He performed, wrote music and recorded three songs with violinist Yehudi Menuhin. He also performed with Alla Rakha who accompanied him on the tabla. He toured to many countries like Germany, U.S.A, United Kingdom and earned recognition across the world. Moreover, George Harrison became fond of Indian music and started learning Sitar with Ravi Shankar and played the sitar in the Beatle's track 'Norwegian Wood'.
The master of Sitar gained more and more popularity with each passing year and was the pioneer in introducing the traditional Indian music to the western audiences. He grabbed many awards including two Grammy awards and also bagged an Oscar nomination for his score in the film Gandhi by Richard Attenborough.
|PT.RAVI SHANKAR WITH DAUGHTER ANOUSHKA SHANKAR|
In 1997, Pandit Ravi Shankar taught his daughter Anoushka Shankar playing Sitar and later on composed music for her, toured and performed with her. His last concert was with Anoushka on November 4, 2012 at Long Beach. Shankar breathed his last on the 11th of December, 2012 in San Diego, California losing battle to some respiratory and heart ailments. India suffered a great loss with his sad demise but he will always be remembered through his music. He was probably the only musician who experimented with and fused together Indian classic and western music.