I believe that [Ravi] is here now. How could he not be, when we have all his beautiful music and we have all of the people who loved him so much?
boo_radley: Trivially, he was Norah Jones' dad.
I heard Ravi Shankar live for the first time in 1955, when he came to Hyderabad for a Sangeet Sammelan concert. He promised to listen to me during his next visit to the city. He fulfilled his promise when he listened to me playing. He said “You seem to play more advanced things without learning basics, like where to put a front-stroke or a back-stroke.” In all my innocence, I replied Namaskaram, this is where I need a guru. He just said “Ok”. And this was the turning point of my life. He told me very graciously to come to Delhi. I went to Delhi in 1956 as his disciple
In 1971, during Bangladesh war, he organised ‘The Concert for Bangladesh’ with his ‘shishya’ George Harrison, in Madison Square,New York. This was the first socially conscious rock concert in the world history. Along with Harrison, rock stars like Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton came together with him to support Bangladesh. This became a model for people like Bono and Bob Geldof.
infini: He's a shit father
Apparently he had one who abandoned him and his mom and ran off to London to marry/live with another woman.
Zubin Mehta explained that although Shankar scored each of the alaap passages he played, he would often stray away from the score, “go off on a tangent, then come back, and give me a sign so we could continue,” and consequently he “would have to wait for him to arrive at a certain note before we could continue.” [...] The concertos retain their Indian character against the backdrop of the philharmonic orchestra.
[C]ould Eric Clapton, inspired for this song by George Harrison’s wife Patti, have heard his best friend George playing the bhaktiful Raga Todi some time – either on sitar or a record by George’s guru Ravi Shankar – and the tune stayed on his mind?
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