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Ravi Shankar: a short journey and a music sampler

By Roxanne Cooper
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 3:18 EDT
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One of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century has left us. RIP, Ravi Shankar.

In the summer of 2001, my husband and I escaped to India for ten-day journey that included visits to Delhi, Dharamsala and Shimla. One of the things that made traveling in India different than traveling elsewhere, is that India –for me– had a soundtrack. The colors the women of the Himalayas wore. The odd questions the retired journalist asked me on the Jammu mail train. The smell of the soiled hiking boots I immediately disposed of when I returned to Narita. The excited smiles I received from teenaged girls seeking conversation with gen-u-ine Americans. All these things filled my ears with music. And that music was largely Ravi Shankar’s.

When I read of his passing, I clicked over to YouTube to fill myself Shankar’s work. What follows is but a small sampling of what I listened to.

ON THE DICK CAVETT SHOW

AS A COMPOSER/MUSICIAN IN THE BBC’S 1966 VERSION OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND

IN JUNE, 1967 AT MONTEREY POP


GEORGE HARRISON’S SITAR LESSON

REGARDING THE 1971 CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH


PERFORMER ON THE FILM GANDHI

RAVI & DAUGHTER ANOUSHKA SHANKAR PERFORMING RAGA ANANDI KALYAN

Roxanne Cooper
Roxanne Cooper is the publisher of Raw Story. She has 20+ years experience in media management, marketing, and advertising and has held positions with AlterNet, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, LA Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Stars & Stripes. From 2004-2008, Roxanne published the popular political blog Rox Populi. She lives in San Francisco and you can follow her on Twitter at @AlterRox.
 
 
 
 
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