WKCR will be memorializing his musical career starting at noon Wednesday 12/12 until 8.20 am Thursday 12/13.
6]Pandit Ravi Shankar; master sitarist, composer and performer of Indian Classical music, passed away late Tuesday evening from heart problems, at his home in Southern California. He was 92. He has been described as the best known contemporary Indian musician.
6]Shankar was born in Varanasi and spent his youth touring Europe and India 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.
6]In 1956, he began to tour Europe and America playing Indian classical music and increased its popularity there in the 1960s through teaching, performance, and his association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and rock artist George Harrison of The Beatles. Shankar engaged Western music by writing concerti for sitar and orchestra and toured the world in the 1970s and 1980s. From 1986 to 1992 he served as a nominated member of the upper chamber of the Parliament of India. Shankar was awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1999, and received three Grammy Awards. He continued to perform in the 2000s, often with his daughter Anoushka.
6]“If I’ve accomplished anything in these past 30 years,” Mr. Shankar said in a 1985 interview reported by the New York Times, “it’s that I have been able to open the door to our music in the West. I enjoy seeing other Indian musicians — old and young — coming to Europe and America and having some success. I’m happy to have contributed to that."
6]WKCR will be memorializing his musical career starting at noon Wednesday 12/12 until 8.20 am Thursday 12/13.
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