Wednesday’s Artist: Ravi Shankar The Indian God of Sitar

This Wednesday’s artist is Ravi Shankar, the sitar maestro. He has born on April 7th, 1920 and died on December 11th, 2012 at the age of 92. His repertoire mostly consists of Indian classical music.


Every Wednesday of the week, Tunitemusic introduces a new artist and their works. These artists have been chosen regardless of their musical genre.


Shankar’s association with the Beatles popularized Indian classical music and especially the instrument, Sitar in the world. He also associated with Philip Glass, Yehudi Menuhin, and Goerge Harrison (guitarist). His influence as a Sitar player concluded in the vast use of this instrument in mainstream Pop music.


Ravi Shankar developed a new style of Indian classical and Sitar music in the span of his professional life. He incorporated the influences of rhythm practices of Carnatic music. He established a form in which the music starts with a solo. This introductory part consists of a solo with a moderate and then rapid tempo that is influenced by the slow and serious genre of Dhrupad. Then music follows by a section with Tabla accompaniment. And in the third part music ends with a part, inspired by the light-classical genre of Thumri.


Shankar has been considered the best Sitar player in the world for most of his life. He has nominated and won several awards and honorary medals, more than it can be told in a page or two. In 1999 he has been awarded India's highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna.


On 9 December 2012, Shankar was admitted to a hospital in San Diego, California after complaining of breathing difficulties. He died on 11 December 2012 after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery.


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Discography:


  • 1956: Three Ragas

  • 1962: Music of India

  • 1962: Improvisations

  • 1962: India's Most Distinguished Musician in Concert

  • 1963: Ravi Shankar (Odeon Records, India catalog)

  • 1963: India's Master Musician

  • 1964: In London

  • 1964: Ragas & Talas

  • 1964: The Master Musicians of India (with Ali Akbar Khan)

  • 1964: Portrait of Genius

  • 1965: Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan

  • 1965: Sound of the Sitar

  • 1967: West Meets East with Yehudi Menuhin (also titled Menuhin Meets Shankar)

  • 1967: In San Francisco

  • 1967: The Exotic Sitar and Sarod

  • 1967: Two Raga Moods

  • 1967: Live: Ravi Shankar at the Monterey International Pop Festival

  • 1968: A Morning Raga / An Evening Raga

  • 1968: The Sounds of India

  • 1968: In New York

  • 1968: West Meets East, Volume 2 with Yehudi Menuhin

  • 1968: Music from India series no.8

  • 1968: A Sitar Recital

  • 1968: Ravi Shankar Improvisations & theme from Pather Panchali

  • 1968: Ravi Shankar's Festival from India

  • 1969: Ravi Shankar

  • 1969: At the Woodstock Festival

  • 1969: Music of India A Dhun and a Raga with Ali Akbar Khan

  • 1970: Ravi Shankar Raga Parameshwari

  • 1970: Six Ragas

  • 1970: The Exciting Music of Ravi Shankar

  • 1971: Four Raga Moods

  • 1971: PBP Ravi Shankar and PBU Ahmedjan Thirakhwa

  • 1971: Joi Bangla EP

  • 1971: Concerto for Sitar & Orchestra with the London Symphony Orchestra and André Previn

  • 1971: The Concert for Bangladesh – side one only, with Ali Akbar Khan

  • 1972: The Genius of Ravi Shankar

  • 1972: Ravi Shankar

  • 1972: Ravi Shankar Ragas

  • 1972: The Masters of Indian Music (double album with Ali Albar Khan)

  • 1973: In Concert 1972 with Ali Akbar Khan

  • 1973: Ragas with Ali Akbar Khan – contains The Master Musicians of India (1964) and the Ali Akbar Khan album The Soul of Indian Music (1965) (released as a double album)

  • 1974: Shankar Family & Friends

  • 1976: Ravi Shankar's Music Festival From India

  • 1976: Improvisations – West Meets East 3 – with Yehudi Menuhin and Jean-Pierre Rampal

  • 1979: Ravi Shankar

  • 1979: Shankar in Japan

  • 1981: Homage to Mahatma Gandhi

  • 1982: Raga-Mala (Sitar Concerto No. 2)

  • 1983: Raga Mishra Piloo: duet for sitar & sarod - with Ali Akbar Khan

  • 1986: Pandit Ravi Shankar

  • 1987: Tana Mana

  • 1988: Ravi Shankar: the Doyen of Hindustani Music

  • 1988: Inside the Kremlin

  • 1990: Passages with Philip Glass

  • 1995: Concert for Peace: Royal Albert Hall

  • 1995: Genesis

  • 1996: Towards the Rising Sun

  • 1996: Ravi Shankar: In Celebration

  • 1997: Chants of India

  • 1997: Raga Tala

  • 1998: Shankar: Sitar Concertos and Other Works

  • 1998: Shankar: Raga Jogeshwari

  • 2000: Vision of Peace: The Art of Ravi Shankar

  • 2001: Full Circle: Carnegie Hall 2000

  • 2001: Between Two Worlds (documentary directed by Mark Kidel)

  • 2007: Flowers of India

  • 2008: More Flowers of India

  • 2010: Collaborations box set, with George Harrison

  • 2012: Symphony with London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Murphy

  • 2012: The Living Room Sessions Part 1

  • 2013: The Living Room Sessions Part 2

  • 2014: A Night at St. John the Divine

  • 2016: In Hollywood, 1971


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