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    • Ravi Shankar: An Introduction to Indian Music and the Sitar

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      Ravi Shankar is a world-famous Indian composer and musician. His music is so dominantly familiar as he makes use of a sitar, which is a kind of string instrument.

      As a young man, Shankar was already exposed to music and would tour India and Europe with his family. In 1944, he worked as a composer for famous Indian artists. In the 50’s he began touring America and introduced classical and traditional Indian music to its audience. Surprisingly, America embraced his talents and his popularity soon rose.

      As the 60’s hit, Shankar worked in collaboration with different classical artists, as well as a famous Beatle named George Harrison. He also dabbled into teaching his music.

      From the 70s through the 80s’ Shankar’s music evolved to infuse some Western influences into his compositions, and the artist also toured the world with a full orchestra to promote this.

      The Parliament of India has awarded Shankar with the honor of being a member of the Upper Chamber called the Bharat Ratna, which is considered the highest form of honor bestowed to a civilian. He also received his first Grammy Award the same year.

      This documentary is a profile on the man and his music, who to this day continues to entertain the world.

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      Published on June 21, 2010 · Filed under: Lifestyle, Society
    • chuckula

      This style of music takes me to places I have a hard time explaining. It speaks to me in a spiritual sense more than anything, I believe. It can bring out some interesting emotions.