Shankar is a performer, teacher, composer and writer, who has devoted his life to cultural exchange and enlightenment. With more than 60 recordings and three books to his credit, Ravi Shankar’s protégés include Beatle George Harrison (who called him “the godfather of world music”), esteemed classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin and composer Phillip Glass.
Shankar began performing in his early teens as a member of his brother, Uday Shankar’s, dance and music ensemble. He left his brother’s company for an ascetic life of study with sitar master Allaudin Khan and ultimately become India’s cultural ambassador, known around the world. He has collaborated with the aforementioned Yehudi Menuhin, The Beatles, The London Symphony and New York Philharmonic. George Harrison explained in 1997, “Most people are musicians simply because they play a certain instrument; but Ravi – to me, he is the music; it just happens to be that he plays the sitar. And it’s like that with Anoushka. She has that quality…she is the music.”
Festival of India III is an original Ravi Shankar composition that whisks the
audience on a whirlwind visit to India. Anoushka Shankar will conduct the first part with a Vandana, an invocation to Lord Ganesha, the diety who brings good luck; a call to Saraswati, the goddess of music and arts; and finally expresses the ultimate enlightenment, or Kundalini. A recent composition is Viaha Milan about the joyful union, or Milan, between Radha and her beloved Krishna.
Following the intermission the Maestro himself is featured with Anoushka on the sitar and Tanmoy Bose on the tabla.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.