Skip to comments.Ravi Shankar, Indian Sitarist, Dies at 92
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 Indias 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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I owned at least one of his albums, but never really got into it.
At least we still have Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam.
A brilliant musician. May he rest in peace.
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.
Didn’t know Norah Jones was his daughter until today. RIP . . .
Died in So Cal.
He will be missed.
Actually, he was a great musician.
Maybe Slow Joe is more your speed.
Vincent Bell is still with us.
Requiescat in pace.
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.
Ravi must have been sixty years of age, the sly old dog.
"Too many notes."
Pandit Ravi Shankar, the phenomenon
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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.
Another star passes. R.I.P.