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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Ravi Shankar directing the host of Giants This video will take your breath away

This video will take your breath away . It is 1969-70. Pt Ravi Shankar directing the host of Giants . Alla Rakhha , HARI Prasad , Shivkumar Sharma , Kartik Kumar and host of others . Enjoy . These things are rare to come by

Who was Ravi Shankar?
Pandit Ravi Shankar, was the virtuoso sitar maestro who introduced Indian classical music to the world and inspired the Sixties 'psychedelic' sound through his collaboration with the Beatles.
Shankar was born Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury in Benares (a.k.a. Varanasi, or Kashi), Uttar Pradesh, on April 7 1920 and raised by his mother in a Bengali brahmin community.

Pandit Ravi Shankar
Pandit Ravi Shankar CREDIT: AP
His father, Pandit Dr Shyam Shankar Chowdhury, a wealthy landowner and minister in a maharaja’s court, left his family in poverty and went to Calcutta and then London to practise law. 
The youngest of five surviving brothers (two other children had died, at birth and in early childhood), Shankar was nicknamed Ravi, meaning “the sun”.
He met his father for the first time when he was eight years old.

Ravi Shankar and George Harrison collaborate

In 1966, Harrison befriended Shankar and began to take lessons from him and the latter's protégé Shambhu Das.
This association catapulted Shankar to international fame.  The Beatles’ guitarist then went to India for six weeks.
During the 1970s he distanced himself from his hippie associations and began to refocus on cementing his status as a classical Indian musician but his friendship with Harrison endured.
“It is a beautiful relationship,” Shankar said. “Guru and disciple and friend at the same time and father and son as well.”
Harrison collaborated with him on two Concert for Bangladesh benefit performances in 1971, co-produced a four-CD album for Shankar’s 75th birthday, and produced Shankar’s album Chants of India (1997), in which classical Indian forms (mantras and chants based on Sanskrit prayers) were combined with a choir and Western instrumentation including vibraphone, harps, violins and cellos.
Harrison also edited Shankar’s autobiography, Raga Mala (Garland of Ragas, 1999), and once dubbed him “the Godfather of world music”.
He is also to a lesser extent, known for his association with Yehudi Menuhin the violinist, who he performed frequently with.
Shankar inspired the composer Phillip Glass and collaborated with him on the album album Passages in 1990 He also composed a concerto with sitar for the London Symphony Orchestra. 
 Shankar died in December 2012 aged 92. 
pundit is applied to experts and intellectuals who appear in the media.

What is a Pandit?

  • A Pandit, also spelled pundit, is a wise or learned man in India, particularly one skilled in the Sanskrit language, who has mastered the four Vedic scriptures, Hindu rituals, Hindu law, religion, music, and/or philosophy.
  • The term is often used as an honorary title.
  • In English, the word has been used more broadly, to refer to any of the following: Siddhas, Siddhars, Naths, Ascetics, Sadhus, or Yogis, and the loan word


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