Sunday, 16 December 2012

Talk about India, from India with you

Good morning/Good afternoon/Good evening my friends, wherever you are! This is 4:00pm. 16th December, Sunday in India. How are you friends? I’m doing quite well here. 2013 is knocking at the door! It has not been a smooth going for Indian music and cinema in this year. Many of our Matiny idols & Music “Gurus” passed away. Only five days back, we lost one of the most renowned musical personalities of our country, Ravi Shankar-ji. The Indian sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar died on 11 December at around 16:30 in a hospital near his home in Southern California. I want to share some words in his respect.
Shankarji worked as a composer & created the background music for the famous “pather panchali” (song of the road) by Satyajit Ray. He served as the music director of All India Radio from 1949 to 1956. He played the pioneer role in  increasing the popularity of Indian classical music in Europe and the United States.

Pandit Ravi Shankar

 Shankar-ji engaged Western music by writing concert for sitar and orchestra. From the year 1986 to 1992 he was nominated as a member of the upper chamber of the Parliament of India. Shankar was awarded India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, in 1999, and received three Grammy Awards as well.

Mr Shankar loved to mix the music of different cultures. He collaborated with the flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and the jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane, who had become fascinated with Indian music and philosophy in the early ’60s. Coltrane met with Shankar several times from 1964 to 1966 to learn the basics of ragas, talas and Indian improvisation techniques. Coltrane named his son Ravi after Mr Shankar. He also collaborated with several prominent Japanese musicians – Hozan Yamamoto, a shakuhachi player, and Susumu Miyashita, a koto player – on East Greets East, a 1978 recording in which Indian and Japanese influences intermingled.
That’s all for today! Hope you are enjoying the weekend with your family. Take very care of yourselves! Have a good day/ afternoon/evening/night! Namaskar.

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