Wednesday, December 12, 2012

R.I.P. Maestro Sitarist Pt. Ravi Shankar...


Legend sitarist maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar passed away!
His music and inspiration for millions of music lovers will be missed... 
"The world of Indian Music did end in a big way with the passing away of Pandit Ravi Shankar, who was not only a Genius Musician, Visionary but also a Cultural Engineer who built the bridges and roads for the journey of Indian Music across the globe for which every practitioner of Indian music is greatly indebted to". Nitin Mitta

LOVE and MUSIC do not have any boundaries!
Pt. Ravi Shankar's spirit and legacy will live on forever in the heart of millions who have been inspired by his visions and passion and in his music.

May his soul rest in peace...



Stay tune today on WKCR 89.9 FM...
A special Memorial Broadcast portraying the legacy of Pt. RAVI SHANKAR!

To listen: or on the radio on 89.9FM
Pandit Ravi Shankar; master sitarist, composer and performer of Indian Classical music, passed away late Tuesday evening December 11 2012 from heart problems, at his home in Southern California. He was 92. He has been described as the best known contemporary Indian musician.
Shankar was born in Varanasi and spent his youth touring Europe and India with the dance group of his brother Uday Shankar. He gave up dancing in 1938 to study sitar playing under court musician Allauddin Khan. After finishing his studies in 1944, Shankar worked as a composer, creating the music for the Apu Trilogy by 
Satyajit Ray, and was music director of All India Radio, New Delhi, from 1949 to 1956.
In 1956, he began to tour Europe and America playing Indian classical music and increased its popularity there in the 1960s through teaching, performance, and his association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and rock artist George Harrison of The Beatles. Shankar engaged Western music by writing concerti for sitar and orchestra and toured the world in the 1970s and 1980s. From 1986 to 1992 he served as a nominated member of the upper chamber of the Parliament of India. Shankar was awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1999, and received three Grammy Awards. 
He continued to perform in the 2000s, often with his daughter Anoushka.
“If I’ve accomplished anything in these past 30 years,” Mr. Shankar said in a 1985 interview reported by the New York Times, “it’s that I have been able to open the door to our music in the West. I enjoy seeing other Indian musicians — old and young — coming to Europe and America and having some success. I’m happy to have contributed to that."

WKCR will be memorializing his musical career starting at noon Wednesday 12/12 until 8.20 am Thursday 12/13. (Submitted by Ahmet Ali Arslan).


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