Ravi Shankar life and biography

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Ravi Shankar biography

Date of birth : 1920-04-07
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Varanasi, United Provinces, Indian Empire
Nationality : Indian
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2011-04-06
Credited as : Sitar player, composer, National Orchestra of India

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Ravi Shankar, born Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury, often referred to by the title Pandit, is an Indian musician and composer who plays the plucked string instrument sitar. He has been described as the best known contemporary Indian musician by Hans Neuhoff in Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart.

He studied music and dance, toured as a member of his brother Uday's dance troupe, and spent years learning the sitar. After serving as music director of All-India Radio (1948–56), he began a series of European and U.S. tours. He wrote the score for Satyajit Ray's Apu film trilogy (1955–59).

He was a founder of the National Orchestra of India, and in 1962 he founded the Kinnara School of Music in Bombay (now Mumbai) and later in Los Angeles. His performances with Yehudi Menuhin and his association with George Harrison of the Beatles were primarily responsible for bringing Indian music to a broad Western audience.

Listen here to Ravi singing at sitar Gat Kirwani

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