Ravi Shankar – winner and loser of awards and connector of worlds

A week before revered sitar player Ravi Shankar passed away at the age of 92, he was told he would be receiving the most prestigious music award in the world – the lifetime achievement Grammy. On February 10th 2013, 60 days after his passing, his daughters Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones received the award on his behalf. See their bittersweet tribute to their father here.

Ravi Shankar’s career spanned over 80 years, and he became the most well known and loved sitar player in the world. Not only was he a musical genius, he also put Indian music squarely on the global stage. As Anoushka remembers in her acceptance remarks, he was also a hit with the ladies, and wont to misplacing a Grammy or two. He is succeeded by his two famous daughters, one of whom – Anoushka – he considered his best disciple. She was trained entirely by him, and they often worked together. Check out Raga Anandi Kalyan here for a wonderful example of this.

From his solo works, ‘Tarana’ is one of our favourites. With its exquisite interlude, and mesmerising concert between sitar, tabla, and Indian classical singing, its especially good for when you need a shot of inspiration. Check it out here.


Photo: Michael Collopy

Posted: 15 February 2013

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