Ravi Shankar

Mongo-Patato-Cándido, Hugh Masekela, Mali Guitars, Ravi Shankar & Roma Day

Global Village marks the birthdays of South African legend Hugh Masekela and UK English folk-rock bassist Danny Thompson (with Pentangle and John Martyn). We’ll also hear April featured artist Mongo Santamaría; new releases from Bareto, Batila, and Molo Sayat; and a blast from the past from Olatunji. Tuesday,...
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A love letter to Ravi Shankar

“What Andrés Segovia is to the guitar, what Pablo Casals is to the cello, so Ravi Shankar is to the sitar. The master. The one who you might say revolutionized the instrument.” This is how Chicago legend Studs Terkel began a 1983 radio broadcast on which Shankar appeared. Among other subjects, the two luminaries of their respective crafts discussed Richard Attenborough’s 1982 film Gandhi, for which Shankar and George Fenton composed the music and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score (they lost to John Williams, however, for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial).

Correctional: A Memoir, by Ravi Shankar

Hearing of Ravi Shankar’s arrest, my reaction was: they busted the sitar master? No, this Ravi Shankar is the American child of Indian immigrants who made his name in literary circle as poet and essayist. He entered the political fray when racially profiled by the NYPD (his wrongful arrest factored into overturning that policy). While on tenure track at Central Connecticut State University, he was pulled over for DUI. He served 90 days and found his academic career was being cancelled.

Library to Host Author Ravi Shankar

Cambridge Public Library will host award winning author, Ravi Shankar, at a hybrid program today beginning at 6:30 p.m. Ravi Shankar is the author of Correctional: A Memoir. Correctional: A Memoir revolves around Shankar’s unexpected encounters with law and order, which Shankar analyzes through the lenses of race, class, privilege, and his bicultural upbringing as the first and only son of South Indian immigrants. These experiences highlight the persistence of structural racism, the limitations of mass media, and the pervasive traumas of twenty-first-century daily life for Shankar.
Time Out Global

“Ravi Shankar: Ragamala to Rockstar, A Retrospective of the Maestro’s Life in Music”

A musician who introduced traditional Indian styles of music and instruments to Western audiences, Ravi Shankar earned the title of "the Godfather of world music" from George Harrison of the Beatles. This exhibition at the South Asia Institute examines his career and the impact he had on popular culture, assembling more than 100 items, including rare concert posters, photographs, videos, record covers and personal ephemera. Guests can explore the collection, listen to the sitarist's music and gain a deeper appretiation for Shankar's creative output as well as his influence on the likes of Phillip Glass and John Coltrane.

Quotes On Assumptions By Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Things to do is to make a success with what material I have. It is a sheer waste of time as well as soul-power to envision what I would certainly do if points were various. You have to take risks.We will only recognize the wonder of life totally when we permit the unanticipated to occur. The very best things in life are unanticipated – since there were no expectations. If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not discover it, for it is not to be reached by search or route. When you quit expecting individuals to be ideal, you can like them for who they are. Never get as well attached to a person, due to the fact that attachments result in assumptions and expectations result in disappointments. Wake up, the only assumption to position on a human being is the assumptions you put on yourself.

George Harrison & Ravi Shankar on the ‘Bangladesh’ Concert, the Sitar, Their Friendship & More

August 1 marks the 50th anniversary of the Concert for Bangladesh, a pair of benefit concerts organized by Ravi Shankar and George Harrison that took place in New York City at Madison Square Garden. The shows were staged in order to raise awareness and fund relief for millions of East Pakistan refugees, after the Bangladesh Liberation War-related genocide.
Literary Hub

Ravi Shankar on the Problem (and Privilege) of the “Model Minority”

Ravi Shankar speaks to managing editor Emily Everett about his essay “The Five-Room Box,” which appears in The Common’s spring issue. In this conversation, Shankar talks about constructing this essay on identity, family, and fitting in from an excerpt of his memoir, Correctional, about his time spent in prison. He also discusses how that time changed the course of his academic work, what it’s like to transition from poet to prose-writer, and the privilege and profiling that Asian-Americans experience as the “model minority.” Read his essay in The Common.
Social News XYZ

Twitter blocks IT Min’s a/c: Ravi Shankar says ‘gross violation’

New Delhi, June 25 (SocialNews.XYZ) Amid the tussle between Twitter and the union government over the new IT rules, Union Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was denied access to his Twitter account for almost an hour over alleged violation of the US' Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

From East To West: Remembering The Great Ravi Shankar

As so often, George Harrison put it most profoundly. “The first person who ever impressed me in my life was Ravi Shankar,” he said, “and he was the only person who didn’t try to impress me.”. The master Indian musician, who did more to introduce the music and culture of...