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Ravi Shankar, Indian Sitarist, Dies at 92
NY Times ^ | 12/11/12 | y ALLAN KOZINN

Posted on 12/11/2012 9:43:55 PM PST by Borges

Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitarist and composer whose collaborations with Western classical musicians as well as rock stars helped foster a worldwide appreciation of India’s traditional music, died Tuesday in a hospital near his home in Southern California. He was 92.

Mr. Shankar had suffered from upper respiratory and heart ailments in the last year and underwent heart-valve replacement surgery last Thursday, his family said in a statement.

Mr. Shankar, a soft-spoken, eloquent man whose performance style embodied a virtuosity that transcended musical languages, was trained in both Eastern and Western musical traditions. Although Western audiences were often mystified by the odd sounds and shapes of the instruments when he began touring in Europe and the United States in the early 1950s, Mr. Shankar and his ensemble gradually built a large following for Indian music.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: india; music; obituary; ravishankar; shankar; sitar

1 posted on 12/11/2012 9:44:00 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

I owned at least one of his albums, but never really got into it.


2 posted on 12/11/2012 9:46:59 PM PST by ansel12 (A.Coulter2005(truncated)Romney will never recover from his Court's create of a right to gay marriage)
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To: Borges

At least we still have Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam.


3 posted on 12/11/2012 9:47:13 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Borges

A brilliant musician. May he rest in peace.


4 posted on 12/11/2012 9:49:46 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Borges

Before there was techno and raves and space rock - there was Ravi Shankar.

He was quite the artist, and always seemed to be having a good time.

First heard of him when “Monterrey Pop” hit our local movie theater back in the day.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xi3l62_ravi-shankar-festival-monterey-pop-1967_music


5 posted on 12/11/2012 9:51:25 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Borges

Didn’t know Norah Jones was his daughter until today. RIP . . .


6 posted on 12/11/2012 9:54:50 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Borges

Died in So Cal.


7 posted on 12/11/2012 9:56:07 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Borges

He will be missed.


8 posted on 12/11/2012 9:56:07 PM PST by expat1000
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To: Borges
Ravi's greatest contribution


9 posted on 12/11/2012 9:56:24 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Borges
“bing bing boing boing weyow weyow bing bing.” Now one of his numbers went on like this for almost twenty minutes. Then afterwards he bowed to the crowd with his hands together. I watched the video, and tried to understand what the fascination was. I do have to say he did seem at peace with himself and his environment. I guess that is all a lot of us can ask for. So I will say, ‘Rest in Peace Ravi.’
10 posted on 12/11/2012 10:00:08 PM PST by political1 (Love your neighbors)
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To: dfwgator

Actually, he was a great musician.


11 posted on 12/11/2012 10:06:34 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: political1

Maybe Slow Joe is more your speed.

http://vimeo.com/15732167


12 posted on 12/11/2012 10:07:50 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Borges

Vincent Bell is still with us.


13 posted on 12/11/2012 10:15:56 PM PST by Argus
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To: Borges

Requiescat in pace.


14 posted on 12/11/2012 10:25:29 PM PST by Dajjal (Justice Robert Jackson was wrong -- the Constitution IS a suicide pact.)
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To: Borges

I managed to see Mr Shankar in recital, and on another occaision Ali Akhbar Khan, the sarodist. I see that Mr Khan has also passed away, at an advanced age, a few years ago.

If your recording does not contain any formal, evening Ragas, give them a try. I have one in particular back in my LP collection in which the sitarist and the drummer on the tabla or tanpura (I forget which) engage in an incredible give-and-take to end the piece.


15 posted on 12/11/2012 10:38:10 PM PST by Erasmus (Zwischen des Teufels und des tiefen, blauen Meers)
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To: dfwgator

Ravi must have been sixty years of age, the sly old dog.


16 posted on 12/11/2012 10:39:53 PM PST by Erasmus (Zwischen des Teufels und des tiefen, blauen Meers)
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To: Slings and Arrows



"Too many notes."


17 posted on 12/11/2012 10:42:50 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Borges

Pandit Ravi Shankar, the phenomenon

Rediff
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

http://www.rediff.com/news/slide-show/slide-show-1-pandit-ravi-shankar-the-phenomenon/20121212.htm


18 posted on 12/11/2012 11:02:46 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Borges

Have some still sealed Ravi Shankar albums, and some that are unsealed. The unsealed ones are why rest are still sealed...

This is said in jest because there is some of his music I really enjoy. His music was ever so slightly westernized when he worked with the Beatles yet he was content to stay with his cultural style. I still prefer the westernized stuff.


19 posted on 12/12/2012 12:20:12 AM PST by ResponseAbility (The truth of liberalism is the stupid can feel smart, the lazy entitled, and the immoral unashamed)
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To: Borges

Another star passes. R.I.P.


20 posted on 12/12/2012 12:21:50 AM PST by TChad
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To: Slings and Arrows

I had the pleasure of hearing him with George Harrison and Billy Preston. One of my favorite concerts. A gen-u-wine artificially-induced religious experience.


21 posted on 12/12/2012 12:33:29 AM PST by des
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To: Slings and Arrows

I had the pleasure of hearing him with George Harrison and Billy Preston. One of my favorite concerts. A gen-u-wine artificially-induced religious experience.


22 posted on 12/12/2012 12:33:54 AM PST by des
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To: Jyotishi

Ravi Shankar was an excellent musician, with two talented daughters, both musicians of merit to continue his musical heritage. RIP Ravi.


23 posted on 12/12/2012 12:35:12 AM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: Borges
RIP, Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Full Circle
24 posted on 12/12/2012 12:41:39 AM PST by LanaTurnerOverdrive ("I've done a lot of things in my life that I'm not proud of. And the things I am proud of are disgus)
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To: dfwgator; Borges

Me and Norah Jonesby LAURA SMITH, Evening Standard

Norah’s sister
Anoushka Shankar

Flashing identical cheeky smiles and matching tattoos, the beautiful daughters of legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar look - and are - the closest of sisters.
Both Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones also inherited their father’s musical talent and have carved out successful careers of their own.

Five years ago, however, the pair did not know each other - and their family history is a tale of two worlds.
While Norah has shot to fame with a smoky voice and a bestselling jazz-tinged album, Anoushka, by following her father and taking up the sitar, has had a lower profile.
In Britain today on tour with her father, she spoke of getting to know her long-lost sister after childhoods thousands of miles apart.

While 21-year-old Anoushka enjoyed a close relationship with her father, Norah, 23 - the daughter of his long-term lover Sue Jones - did not even know who her father was until she was 10.

Anoushka, daughter of Ravi’s second wife Sukanya, was born in London but jetted between here, California and Delhi as she grew up, learning her father’s ancient craft.
Norah grew up in a modest home in Dallas with her mother, waitressing and playing the piano in bars.
Anoushka said: “It has been wonderful getting to know Norah. She came to us when I was 16 and by the first year we were already close.”

“So it has been a very normal relationship for the past few years.”It’s just weird that the press has suddenly caught onto it. Initially the intrusion was very difficult for all of us. All she was trying to do was her music without her dad being the main focus.”

The day Norah got back in touch with the family five years ago, Anoushka was in the middle of a lesson with her father.
She said: “A soft-spoken girl on the other end of the phone asked to speak to Mr Ravi Shankar.”When she said who she was I was stunned because by then I had totally given up on the idea that we would ever have any contact with her.”
There were difficulties at first, and she admits Ravi and Norah - known as Geetali, her Indian name, to her father - will probably never relate to each other fully, but the sisters are now close.

“She and I have a beautiful relationship,” said Anoushka.
“I finally have the sister I always wanted. She is incredible. She really has one of the best voices out there. It’s wonderful to see someone like her with that kind of substance and integrity getting success.”
The sisters spent time together in New York last week, where Norah lives in a Brooklyn flat with her boyfriend, bassist Lee Alexander.

Anoushka is now looking forward to three months off after the end of the tour, which starts in London next weekend.
“I’m renting a flat in West Hampstead,” she said gleefully. “I can’t wait.”She admits too much work has made her “a bit of an old woman” recently but plans to change all that this summer by spending time with friends from her childhood in Willesden Green.

“London feels like home,” she said. “I’ve got a lovely set of friends here, so there’ll be lots of parties, but also lots of working on my new album, which will be a move away from Indian classical music. Norah won’t be visiting me in London this summer because she’s touring in the US. But I will be seeing her in the autumn.”

Shankar himself is delighted at the reconciliation of his daughters. “It is wonderful,” he said.

“It’s a great feeling. I feel very happy about it. Norah was my first daughter and I missed out on eight years of her life so it is wonderful to have her back.

“They have so much in common it is mind-boggling, really. In their looks, in their behaviour, in the way they are so quick-witted. They are so fantastic together.”

Ravi and Anoushka Shankar perform at the Barbican Centre in London on Sunday 18 May, followed by dates around the country.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-180175/Me-Norah-Jones.html


25 posted on 12/12/2012 1:16:34 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Borges

RIP.


26 posted on 12/12/2012 1:25:16 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: BunnySlippers

When I waz in India I kinda got into the music for a while. Not so much his kind but the Bollywood stuff wif the dancing girls;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X4_YZJWWO4


27 posted on 12/12/2012 4:24:56 AM PST by Uncle Lonny
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To: ansel12
"never really got into it"

You and about 100 million other people.

28 posted on 12/12/2012 4:26:29 AM PST by driftless2
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To: des

Lucky you! Shankar also wrote beautiful film scores.


29 posted on 12/12/2012 4:27:13 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: Borges
Ravi also had to other semi famous relatives. one is a big name in Indian soap operas and then there's Naren Shankar who was a writer for Star Trek: TNG.

CC

30 posted on 12/12/2012 4:28:34 AM PST by Celtic Conservative
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To: political1
"tried to understand"

And like virtually everyone else in the crowd thought to yourself when he finished:

"thank God this is over!"

31 posted on 12/12/2012 4:29:04 AM PST by driftless2
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To: P.O.E.

I just watched the entire 18 minutes of that video and I very much enjoyed it.

The videography was excellent.

The faces of the musicians were relaxed and smiling the whole time. Not all contorted like some others you see.

His fingers were just a blur as they played.


32 posted on 12/12/2012 5:00:20 AM PST by zeebee
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To: zeebee

If you ever get the chance to see the whole movie, it’s well worth a watch. Otis Redding steals the show.


33 posted on 12/12/2012 7:50:29 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: des

I envy you - that’s some major talent.


34 posted on 12/12/2012 9:45:08 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: shibumi

Bah!


35 posted on 12/12/2012 9:46:12 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: flaglady47

He also had a son, talented in music and painting, the late Shubhendra Shankar.


36 posted on 12/12/2012 9:52:15 AM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: miss marmelstein

He shared an Oscar for writing the score for “Gandhi”.


37 posted on 12/12/2012 9:54:04 AM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: dfwgator

Not even close.


38 posted on 12/12/2012 10:19:24 AM PST by ravager (I)
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To: Borges

I probably still have the vinyl of the West Meets East Ravi Shankar - Yehudi Menuhin somewhere. I see that YouTube has several selections from the album.


39 posted on 12/12/2012 10:22:12 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: Borges

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugIbmTKrcHc&playnext=1&list=AL94UKMTqg-9CPjKgW3JloeIgXbY3Uiy0E ~ this is a play list of all the good stuf ~ raga after raga. Always enjoyed his stuff then found myself blind and still able to use the computer to ‘get around’ so i played everything of his i could find on the net and found it comforting ~ makes you see things you didn’t think could be seen ~ been thinking of him lately wondering if he’d had a new release somewhere ~ will miss ol’ Ravi ~ my kinda’ sitar player.


40 posted on 12/12/2012 5:19:18 PM PST by muawiyah
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