When I visualize Pt. Ravi Shankar performing, the first thing that strikes me is the ‘TEJAS’ on his face. I have rarely seen such an aura or glow on any human being’s face, a result of his penance, musical, I believe. And the thoughts and emotions that his face reflects while he strings his Sitar has always fascinated me. I pay my humble tribute to the legendary son of mother India, through my captures of his moods!
Bharat Ratna Ravi Shankar (Bengali: রবি শংকর; born Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury, 7 April 1920 – 11 December 2012[), often referred to by the title Pandit, was an extraordinary Indian musician and composer who played the plucked-string instrument known as the sitar. He has been described as the best known contemporary Indian musician.
Pt. Ravi Shankar was born in Varanasi and spent his youth touring Europe and India with the dance group of his brother Pt. Uday Shankar.
He gave up dancing in 1938 to study sitar playing under court musician Allauddin Khan. After finishing his studies in 1944, Pt Ravi Shankar worked as a composer, creating the music for the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray, and was music director of All India Radio, New Delhi, from 1949 to 1956.
Pt. Ravi Shankar – Many moods: A Pictorial Tribute, a set on Flickr.
In 1956, he began to tour Europe and the America playing Indian classical music and increased its popularity there in the 1960s through teaching, performance, and his association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and rock artist George Harrison of The Beatles. Pt Ravi Shankar engaged Western music by writing concerti for sitar and orchestra and toured the world in the 1970s and 1980s. From 1986 to 1992 he served as a nominated member of the upper chamber of the Parliament of India.
Pt Ravi Shankar was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1999, and received three Grammy Awards. He continued to perform in the 2000s, often with his daughter, Anoushka.
I captured his moods and expressions during one of his concerts in Delhi, three years ago.
I am sure with his music passed on to Anoushka and Norah, we will keep hearing him for years to come.
Long live Pt. Ravi Shankar’s Music.
Thanks to WIKIPEDIA