Perhaps no other artist has brought Eastern music to the West like sitar master Ravi Shankar. His tutelage of George Harrison in the mid-60’s kicked off a lifetime of cultural exchange. While rock bands like The Beatles were incorporating Eastern sounds in their music, Shankar himself was composing for western-style orchestras back home and collaborating with a wealth of other musicians, including composer Philip Glass, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, sarod master Ali Akbar Khan and many others. Ravi Shankar died yesterday at age 92, but his music will live on for all of time. Read more about his life and legacy here and here.
George Harrison – sitar lesson with Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar on the Dick Cavett Show
Ravi Shankar & Philip Glass – Ragas In Minor Scale
Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan Concert For Bangladesh
Ravi Shankar & Anoushka Shankar Live: Raag Khamaj (1997)
Ravi Shankar – Tenth Decade in Concert: Live In Escondido (Goonga Sitar)
Ravi Shankar and Yehudi Menuhin – Sitar & Violin Duet