Ravi Shankar

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Ravi Shankar, KBE (IPA: [ˈrɔbi ˈʃɔŋkɔr]; 7 April 1920 – 11 December 2012), born Rabindra Shankar Chowdhury, his name often preceded by the title Pandit ('Master'), was a known Indian musician and a composer of Hindustani classical music. He was one of the best-known exponents of the sitar in the second half of the 20th century and influenced many other musicians throughout the world.

Shankar was born to a Bengali family in India, and spent his youth touring India and Europe with the dance group of his brother Uday Shankar. He gave up dancing in 1938 to study sitar playing under court musician Allauddin Khan. After finishing his studies in 1944, Shankar worked as a composer, creating the music for the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray, and was music director of All India Radio, New Delhi, from 1949 to 1956.

In 1956 he began to tour Europe and the Americas playing Indian classical music and increased its popularity there in the 1960s through teaching, performance, and his association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and Beatles guitarist George Harrison. His influence on the latter helped popularize the use of Indian instruments in pop music throughout the 1960s. Shankar engaged Western music by writing compositions for sitar and orchestra, and toured the world in the 1970s and 1980s. From 1986 to 1992, he served as a nominated member of Rajya Sabha, the upper chamber of the Parliament of India. He continued to perform until the end of his life. In 1999, Shankar was awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1956 Three Ragas Ravi Shankar 2
1958 India's Master Musician Ravi Shankar 2
1958 The Sounds of India Ravi Shankar 4 5
1962 Ravi Shankar In Concert Ravi Shankar 3
1963 In London Ravi Shankar 3
1964 The Master Musicians of India Ravi Shankar & Ustad Ali Akbar Khan 3
1965 Portrait of Genius Ravi Shankar 3
1965 Shree / Sindhu Bhairavi Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan 1
1966 Chappaqua Ravi Shankar 1
1966 West Meets East Yehudi Menuhin & Ravi Shankar 1
1967 Sound of the Sitar Ravi Shankar / Alla Rakha 3
1971 Four Raga Moods Ravi Shankar 1
1973 Transmigration Macabre Ravi Shankar 2
1974 Shankar Family & Friends Ravi Shankar 1
1979 Ragas Hameer & Gara Pt. Ravi Shankar with Alla Rakha 2
1980 Raga Jogeshwari Ravi Shankar / Alla Rakha 2
1981 Homage To Mahatma Gandhi & Baba Allauddin Ravi Shankar 1
1982 Raga-Mala (Sitar Concerto No. 2) Ravi Shankar 1
1986 Pandit Ravi Shankar Ravi Shankar 1
1987 Tana Mana Ravi Shankar 1
1988 Spirit of India Ravi Shankar 1
1990 Passages Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass 2 3
1991 Maestro's Choice: Series One: Sitar Ravi Shankar 1
1993 Menuhin meets Shankar Ravi Shankar & Yehudi Menuhin 1
1995 Concert for Peace: Royal Albert Hall, London Ravi Shankar 1
1995 From India Ravi Shankar & Ustad Ali Akbar Khan 1
1996 Towards the Rising Sun Ravi Shankar & Friends 1
1996 In Celebration Ravi Shankar 1
1997 Chants of India Ravi Shankar 1
1998 Ragas Varanasi Ravi Shankar 1
1999 The Doyen of Hindustani Music Ravi Shankar 1
2000 Ragas & Talas Ravi Shankar 1
2001 The Ravi Shankar Collection: In San Francisco Ravi Shankar 1
2001 A Morning Raga, An Evening Raga Ravi Shankar 1
2001 The Ravi Shankar Collection: A Morning Raga / An Evening Raga Ravi Shankar 1
2002 Sangeet Sartaj Ravi Shankar 2
2003 Ravi Shankar 70 Ravi Shankar 1
2004 Homage To Mahatma Gandhi Ravi Shankar 1
2005 Music for Flute and Percussion Pärt, Piazzolla, Shankar; Marc Grauwels, Marie-Josée Simard 1
2007 A Life in Music Ravi Shankar 1
2007 Sitar Soul Ravi Shankar 1
2008 More Flowers of India Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan 1
2009 Festival from India Ravi Shankar 1
2012 The Living Room Sessions Part 1 Ravi Shankar 1
2012 Ravi Shankar Symphony Ravi Shankar; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Anoushka Shankar, David Murphy 1
2013 The Living Room Sessions Part 2 Ravi Shankar 1
2013 Ravi Shankar: A Life in Music Ravi Shankar 1
Inde du Nord Ravi Shankar 1
Monument of Strings Ravi Shankar 1
Ragas & Talas Ravi Shankar 1
Ravi Shankar Presents The Master Drummers of India Ravi Shankar 1
The Genius of Pandit Ravi Shankar Ravi Shankar / Ustad Alla Rakha 1
The Golden Collection Ravi Shankar 1
The Greatest Hits Of Ravi Shankar & Ustad Ali Akbar Khan 1
The Ravi Shankar Ravi Shankar 1
The Spirit of India Ravi Shankar 1
The Teacher - Key Works Ravi Shankar 1
The Unparalleled Pt. Ravi Shankar Ravi Shankar 1
Traditional Ragas Ravi Shankar 1
Ustad Alla Rakha Ravi Shankar 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1962 The Ravi Shankar Collection - Improvisations Ravi Shankar 2
1968 The Genius of Ravi Shankar Ravi Shankar 2
1973 Ragas Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan 2
1996 In Celebration Highlights Ravi Shankar 1
1999 Legends - Sitar & Film Music Ravi Shankar 1
1999 West Meets East: The Historic Shankar/Menuhin Sessions Ravi Shankar 1
2000 The Raga Collection: From Dusk Till Dawn Ravi Shankar 1
2000 Vision of Peace Ravi Shankar 2
2001 Bridges Ravi Shankar 1
2001 Master of Sitar Ravi Shankar 1
2004 The Rough Guide to Ravi Shankar Ravi Shankar 1
2005 The Essential Ravi Shankar Ravi Shankar 1
2006 The Collection Ravi Shankar 1
2008 Best Of Ravi Shankar Ravi Shankar 1
2010 The Master Ravi Shankar 1
2010 Collaborations Ravi Shankar & George Harrison 1
2010 The Very Best of Ravi Shankar Ravi Shankar 1
2011 Sitar Virtuoso Ravi Shankar 1
2012 The Ravi Shankar Collection Ravi Shankar 1
Ravi Shankar Ravi Shankar 1
The Ravi Shankar Collection * India's Master Musician Ravi Shankar 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 In New York Ravi Shankar 1
1967 In San Francisco Ravi Shankar 1
1967 Live at the Monterey International Pop Festival Ravi Shankar 3
1970 Ravi Shankar at The Woodstock Festival Ravi Shankar 2
1989 Inside the Kremlin Ravi Shankar 2
1990 Concerto for Sitar & Orchestra Ravi Shankar 1
1990 Golden Jubilee Concert - Volume 1 Ravi Shankar 1
1990 Golden Jubilee Concert - Volume 2 Ravi Shankar 2
1994 In Venice Ravi Shankar 1
2001 Full Circle / Carnegie Hall 2000 Ravi Shankar 1
2005 Sitar Concertos & Other Works Ravi Shankar 1
Concert for Peace Ravi Shankar 1
In Concert 1972 Ravi Shankar 1
The Spirit of Freedom Concerts - Concert One Ravi Shankar 1
The Spirit of Freedom Concerts - Concert Two Ravi Shankar 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Charly Ravi Shankar 1
1982 Gandhi Ravi Shankar & George Fenton 1
2000 Genesis Ravi Shankar 2
Raga (Original Soundtrack) Ravi Shankar 1

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