Raga mala: the autobiography of Ravi Shankar

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Welcome Rain Pub., 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
Raga Mala is an unprecedented look at Ravi Shankar, master of the sitar and one of the most enduring and inspirational performers of the twentieth century. During a career which spans seven decades, he has performed for countless millions of adoring fans and earned the respect and admiration of his fellow musicians.Ravi presents here in a charming and candid manner the story of his fascinating life, from his youth spent touring the world with his brother Uday's dance troupe, through the years of dedicated study of the sitar under the legendary Allauddin Khan, to his involvement with the Beatles, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix in the crazy days of the 1960s, and the achievement of a unique international fame and influence, all the while undergoing his own personal transformation in a turbulent emotional life with an evolving spiritual awareness.Edited and introduced by the Beatles' George Harrison -- Ravi's student, friend and collaborator of over 30 years -- and featuring contributions byrenowned musicians such as Yehudi Menuhin, Zubin Mehta, and Philip Glass, Raga Mala is the remarkable tale of a truly fascinating life.

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Blending first-person narrative with the voices of many acclaimed performers and close friends, legendary sitar player and Indian musical ambassador Shankar tells his story, replete with art ... Read full review

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Born in India, sitar master Shankar was raised in his brother Uday's dance company, which toured internationally. His life, populated by a rich cast of family and friends, thus reveals a fascinating ... Read full review


Foreword by George Harrison
Bairagi 35
Rangeshwari 83

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Shankar is the world's foremost sitar player who spearheaded the international spread of Indian culture. His masterful play inspired the sitar boom in the 1960s, influencing musicians such as George Harrison and the Beatles, Yehudi Menuhin, and Philip Glass.

Besides being a singer, songwriter, guitarist and sitarist, George Harrison was also a record producer and music innovator. As he forged his own identity and drifted away from the Beatles, he became a well-respected songwriter, musical pioneer, and a catalyst for a generation's interest in Indian culture. He was born on February 25, 1943 and died on November 29, 2001. He will be best remembered for his contribution to the musical group "The Beatles." He was the lead guitar player for the group and after it was disbanded he became a solo artist in his own right. He helped organize a major charity concert with the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, and is the only Beatle to have released an autobiography, releasing "I Me Mine" in 1980, although little was said about The Beatles.

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