Ravi Shankar: King of Sitar

If someone can say that it was the voice of India in Western music, this is definitely Ravi Shankar. Passed away on December 11 at the age of 92 years, this musician is identified from all over the western world of music with the instrument that has made ​​known during her performances at the festival in Monterey, Woodstock and the concert for Bangladesh. 

It was precisely in those years that Ravi Shankar and his way of making music, becoming stronger charm of oriental culture that exerted on youth movements at the turn of the sixties and the seventies, enchanted the greatest musicians in the rock and pop scene. 

Starting by the Beatles, who agreed with his sitar opened their Norwegian Wood, and the Rolling Stones, who used the sitar on Paint it Black contamination interesting, certainly, but light years away from the original meaning of this tool for many in India, represents the voice of God. 

The sitar, in fact, was originally used to accompany the singing of the raga, the melodic forms of Indian music which, for example, is based recitation of the mantra religious. raga has been devoted to precisely one of the latest efforts of Ravi Shankar, a CD produced by George Harrison, who was linked to the Indian master from deep relationships of respect and friendship since the days of the Beatles. 

In Chants of India , the name of the album, Shankar revisited the classic mantra of Indian tradition, under the musical direction of his daughter Anoushka Shankar, who, it must be said, is not the only one to have inherited the musical talent of this great teacher, although he was not officially recognized, is also his daughter singer Norah Jones who sings along with Anoushka in this beautiful song. 

Around the project CHANTS OF INDIA, finally, turn the magnificent documentary RAGA, recently broadcast by the Classical and easily available themed channel on youtube. In March this year, finally, what will become his latest project: The Living Room Sessions, Part 1. Title that, thinking of the Indian spirituality, it seems the desire not to put a final word, however. goodbye So, maestro Shankar may your sitar vibrate in accord with the infinite.

Part of the battle of the ten kings narrated in the Rig Veda was fought on the river Parushni, which according to Yaska Nirukta, 9.26 corresponds to the river Iravati, namely the Ravi River in the Punjab region. Macdonell and Keith write that "the name Parushni is certainly one of the river later named Ravi Iravati.

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