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Thursday, December 13, 2012


Pandit Ravi Shankar (1920 - 2012)

I've not really heard all his compositions , but have been listening to a few at
The only ones that I've been most familiar with -"Saare Jahan Se Acha" & sound track from Gandhi(film).

Anoushka Shankar, who released a book about her father, Bapi: Love of My Life, in 2002 opens up about his style of mentoring in an interview below.

Its interesting to know about a person from those who truly love you.

Trivia :
"When  Mahatma Gandhi’s died , Ravi Shankar, then in All India Radio  had to play mournful music on the national radio broadcaster. Drawing from the name Gandhi, he took the three sargam notes that approximate it—“Ga” (third), “Ni” (seventh) and “Dha” (sixth)—and developed a new melodic theme. He called this new raga Mohankauns, since it was similar to raga Malkauns. He later used the same raga as a refrain in his score for Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi.  "
(Updated on 31st Dec, 2012)
Quote seen on Outlook India blog - Pandit Ravi Shankar (1920-2012):
"The man whom George Harrison called "the Godfather of World Music" and about whom Yehudi Menuhin said that "his genius and his humanity can only be compared to that of Mozart's," is dead."
The post has numerous quotes & youtube videos on the maestro.

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