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Friday, April 27, 2012

The Living Room Sessions Part 1 (East Meets West)

Ravi Shankar was 91 when he made these recordings in his California home last fall, and while I don't pretend intimate knowledge of the intricacies of the sitar, to my ears the master hasn't lost his touch. Recorded with tabla player Tanmoy Bose, a longtime...
11.15.2010 | | Posted at 11:04 AM
By David Luhrssen
Ravi Shankar was still a relatively young man when director Howard Worth traveled with him for Raga: A Film Journey into the Heart of India, but he was already a master musician acclaimed in his homeland and recognized around the world. The 1971 film, out now on DVD, is a great example of documentary filmmaking in the age before everyone with a digital camera could point at a topic and claim to ...
Monday, May 17, 2010

Nine Decades Vol. 1, 1967-1968 (East Meets West Music)

The first in an ambitious, projected series of albums culled from the personal archives of Ravi Shankar focuses on the two-year period when the sitar master found himself at the center of Western counterculture. One of the tracks is actually a sequence of cassette-recorded responses to Shankar’s music by a young...
Monday, March 15, 2010

Rare and Glorious (Times Square)

In the 1960s Ravi Shankar became Mr. Indian Music to a world of young musicians, influencing the direction of the Beatles and psychedelic rock. As noted in the booklet essay accompanying Rare and Glorious, the accomplished sitar player came from a family of musical ambassadors to the West that...

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