Raga Mala: The Autobiography of Ravi Shankar

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Element, 1999 - Composers - 336 pages
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Ravi Shankar is one of the world's foremost sitar players. In this text, he tells of his humble beginnings, his teenage years as a dancer in the glamorous world of 1930s Paris and New York, and of hearing the clarion call of music and studying sitar for seven years.

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Blending first-person narrative with the voices of many acclaimed performers and close friends, legendary sitar player and Indian musical ambassador Shankar tells his story, replete with art ... Read full review

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Born in India, sitar master Shankar was raised in his brother Uday's dance company, which toured internationally. His life, populated by a rich cast of family and friends, thus reveals a fascinating ... Read full review


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Pandit Ravi Shankar, the legendary Hindustani classical musician, was born into a musically-inclined Bengali family in Banaras, India. The melodious strains of his music swept across the globe, making him a unifying phenomenon of music in the East and the West. His peerless genius contributed enormously to world music traditions and led to innovative collaborations with other leading world musicians like George Harrison and Yehudi Menuhin. He is a recipient of numerous awards and titles including the Bharat Ratna, the Magsaysay, 2 Grammys and 14 doctorate degrees.

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