Ravi Shankar: A Musical Portrait
Program #CULT008. Recorded in Boulder, CO on June 16, 1985.
This is a special Ganges to the Nile program on Ravi Shankar, India's great sitarist and composer. Ganges to the Nile was hosted and produced by David Barsamian on KGNU from 1978-85. This 2-CD set explores the wide range and versatility of maestro Shankar. A veritable musical bridge linking East and West, he was a seminal figure in twentieth century world culture. Almost singlehandedly he made the rich traditions of Indian music part of our global cultural tapestry. Among the ragas and other pieces you will hear, along with Barsamian’s instructive narrative, are Jaijaivanti, Puriya Kalyan, Desh, Tilang with Yehudi Menuhin, the theme from the film Gandhi, Nat Bhairavi with Jean-Pierre Rampal, movements from his sitar concerti conducted by Andre Previn and Zubin Mehta, and Rokudan, a Japanese folk tune. Program host Barsamian brings his long study of and involvement in Indian music to this program. He studied sitar with maestro Debu Chaudhuri.
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