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(YouTube)   Musical titan Ravi Shankar has died, aged 92. Here he is eulogizing and playing his father's-in-law's night raga composition in 1972. Now sit down, light some incense or a candle and listen to genuine virtuosity   ( youtube.com) divider line
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2012-12-12 12:55:43 AM  
Very nice, submitter. Very nice. 
 
2012-12-12 01:10:46 AM  
I just played a little song for Ravi on my sitar. It was nice to bring her out again, sit on the floor put on the mizrab, a little oil on the fingers and she sang a little song.

Farewell Ravi.
 
2012-12-12 01:11:41 AM  
Hanging-out-with-Ravi-Shankar phase over.

Time for carbohydrate-sequined-jumpsuit-young-girls-in-white-cotton-panties-wak ing-up-in-a-pool-of-your-own-vomit-bloated-purple-dead-on-a-toilet phase.
 
2012-12-12 01:12:05 AM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-12-12 01:18:16 AM  
Came for Krusty. RIP Ravi. And thanks again George.
 
2012-12-12 01:18:22 AM  
www.thereader.com

Thank you for this, Ravi. Thank you.

Also kinda-thank-you for this:

theseconddisc.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-12-12 01:18:36 AM  
Namaste

/thank you
 
2012-12-12 01:21:27 AM  
so long, raga dude
 
2012-12-12 01:28:29 AM  
Bummer.

92. That's some good innings.

OTOH, someone is going to post a pic of a herpes sore and say RIP Chancre, so that should be, well, gross.
 
2012-12-12 01:30:23 AM  
Very nice. I have new music to go get now.
 
2012-12-12 01:32:50 AM  

thereisnothingforyouhere.files.wordpress.com
RIP Raffi

 
2012-12-12 01:35:55 AM  
All prospective Fark snark about Indian music aside, the guy was both extraordinarily influential and innovative on his instrument and a huge cultural influence as well. While there will be arguments about the legitimacy of his father-in-law's gharana, whether Shankar or Ali Akbar Khan was more important a musical figure, or even whether he was the best sitarist of his generation (as Vilayat Khan's heirs will angrily debate for eternity), there's no doubt that he was a legitimate genius on his instrument. Hindustani classical music would be a very different animal today without him.
 
2012-12-12 01:39:27 AM  
A good documentry about him is "Between Two Worlds". I saw it at a film festival years
ago, and it is very interesting.

You can buy it here-


Link

Disc 1 Ravi Shankar Between Two Worlds

The definitive account of India's most celebrated musician follows two years of Ravi Shankar's life filmed in India and America against the backdrop of seven decades of innovative collaboration with Western musicians like George Harrison, John Coltrane and Yehudi Menuhin. Archive footage shows key performances filmed from the 1930s to the present day.

Disc 2 Ravi Shankar live in concert

Ravi Shankar performs two ragas (Raga Anandi Kalyan and Raga Rangeela Piloo) in the atmospheric Union Chapel in London, Summer 2002, with his daughter Anoushka and tabla virtuosi Bikram Ghosh and Tanmoy Bose.
 
2012-12-12 01:40:31 AM  
I just think it would be great for someone to study this man's life, and constructively lampoon his story.

You know, be a sitarist satirist.
 
2012-12-12 01:44:42 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: Very nice, submitter. Very nice.


This is a fantastic album all around. I owned it on vinyl first as a collector of post-Beatles Apple Records albums and then it was reissued in Europe on CD in the 1990s. Its a two-volume set either way. This particular raga (written by his Guru and father-in-law) is called "Hem Bihag" and you can hear the gravitas in his voice as he talks about his death. It takes up the first side of the first album and half the first CD. A morning raga is the last track, "Sindhi Bharavi." That's one he played often in different forms. There is a double-length evening raga, "Manj Khamaj," that alone takes up an entire CD or sides 2 and 3 of the double-album. This was one of Ravi's 2 releases on Apple Records--the other being the soundtrack to his biopic "Raga." Of course he also played on the Concert for Bangladesh (issued on Apple) and for George Harrison's Dark Horse Records later on as well. But its this piece I come back to time and time again as a small sacred space that rises above the chaos of the world. Shankar was truly an international artist and superstar that gave us new ways of listening.

On a much smaller note, I'm humbled and grateful this was the greenlit choice for Ravi's passing. I've wanted to share this powerful emotional piece with people for decades, and in some small way that wish actually came true tonight. I've had a lot of fun on this site and done some things I'm not too proud of too--but I will treasure this one greenlight more than any other I've been fortunate enough to also be blessed with.

NAMASTE

 
2012-12-12 01:52:29 AM  

GypsyJoker: While there will be arguments about the legitimacy of his father-in-law's gharana, whether Shankar or Ali Akbar Khan was more important a musical figure, or even whether he was the best sitarist of his generation (as Vilayat Khan's heirs will angrily debate for eternity)


But the fact that we can even have those legitimate debates underscores how thankful we should be to have had the chance to hear this glorious music. His willingness to collaborate with people like Yehudi Menuhin and the both critical and commercial success he achieved in doing so was a testament to the beauty of his musical mission. The synergy in particular between Shankar and Akbar Khan is breathtaking--their intuitive means of musical communication across so many years still blows my mind. And then to hear him pull off a similar musical interplay with Menuhin across two decades? Unbelievable.
 
2012-12-12 01:54:27 AM  
don't know why he did sitar
 
2012-12-12 01:59:03 AM  

Car_Ramrod: I just think it would be great for someone to study this man's life, and constructively lampoon his story.

You know, be a sitarist satirist.


Nah.
assets.sbnation.com
The Love Guru sucked.
 
2012-12-12 01:59:05 AM  
I saw him in concert several years ago. Quite an amazing talent.
Blessed be.
 
2012-12-12 02:01:41 AM  
Damn,

I think I listened to that whole thing, I must have fallen asleep, cause all I heard was them warming up.
 
2012-12-12 02:10:14 AM  
Hum do
 
2012-12-12 02:10:21 AM  

Somacandra: GypsyJoker: While there will be arguments about the legitimacy of his father-in-law's gharana, whether Shankar or Ali Akbar Khan was more important a musical figure, or even whether he was the best sitarist of his generation (as Vilayat Khan's heirs will angrily debate for eternity)

But the fact that we can even have those legitimate debates underscores how thankful we should be to have had the chance to hear this glorious music. His willingness to collaborate with people like Yehudi Menuhin and the both critical and commercial success he achieved in doing so was a testament to the beauty of his musical mission. The synergy in particular between Shankar and Akbar Khan is breathtaking--their intuitive means of musical communication across so many years still blows my mind. And then to hear him pull off a similar musical interplay with Menuhin across two decades? Unbelievable.


Oh, I'm certainly not going to challenge his place in the Indian musical pantheon, or any of his accomplishments. He was a remarkable and fascinating musician and equally so as a person. His musical legacy is absolutely unquestionable (and it's a shame that so many of his performances went unrecorded, especially during his All-India Radio prime)--despite the objections of his detractors--and his willingness to jugalbandi with musicians as diverse as Khan sahib and Menuhin is only a small (!) part of his influence.

We tend to use words like "genius" or "great" too easily and for people who don't deserve them. Ravi-ji earned both of those terms, and more.
 
2012-12-12 02:18:02 AM  
Ravi Shankar = He's a genius because he doesn't know how to actually stop playing.
 
2012-12-12 02:44:59 AM  
A force of nature. RIP sitarman
 
2012-12-12 02:51:23 AM  
Ahimsa.
 
2012-12-12 02:51:53 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Thank you for this, Ravi. Thank you.


I was shocked as hell when I found out she was his daughter.
 
2012-12-12 03:26:13 AM  

fusillade762: The All-Powerful Atheismo: Thank you for this, Ravi. Thank you.

I was shocked as hell when I found out she was his daughter.


Same. Also enjoyed watching Ravi and Menuhin play on YouTube.Link
 
2012-12-12 03:27:16 AM  
Rest in peace, Raga Man. Go be with George.
 
2012-12-12 04:30:00 AM  
The All-Powerful Atheismo: [www.thereader.com image 394x521]

Thank you for this, Ravi. Thank you.

Also kinda-thank-you for this:

[theseconddisc.files.wordpress.com image 500x459]


9/10

You have it covered from multiple angles!!
 
2012-12-12 05:37:06 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: [www.thereader.com image 394x521]

Thank you for this, Ravi. Thank you.

Also kinda-thank-you for this:

[theseconddisc.files.wordpress.com image 500x459]


If you haven't heard the latest Norah Jones album, please do so now. It's gritty and dark, unlike her typically harmless stuff. Girl is pissed off. Bonus: Her 'character' kills a rival woman and gloats about it.
 
2012-12-12 05:41:51 AM  

Hantavirus: Rest in peace, Raga Man. Go be with George.


I never understood how people could get emotionally attached to celebrities they'd not met. Then George Harrison died. I was driving my then-girlfriend's truck when the news came on the radio, along with "My Sweet Lord.". The instant flood of emotion had me sitting still at a green light, with everyone behind me honking and cursing. I had to get out of the driver's seat and let her take over.

So now I understand why people form these attachments despite having never even had dinner with the person.
 
2012-12-12 05:57:59 AM  

dickfreckle: The All-Powerful Atheismo: [www.thereader.com image 394x521]

Thank you for this, Ravi. Thank you.

Also kinda-thank-you for this:

[theseconddisc.files.wordpress.com image 500x459]

If you haven't heard the latest Norah Jones album, please do so now. It's gritty and dark, unlike her typically harmless stuff. Girl is pissed off. Bonus: Her 'character' kills a rival woman and gloats about it.


The day I stop taking recommendations from a man named "dickfreckle" is the day I know I'm dead inside.
 
2012-12-12 06:07:48 AM  

morethanjustcoffee.files.wordpress.com

RIP RAVI O'LEE

 
2012-12-12 06:17:11 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: dickfreckle: The All-Powerful Atheismo: [www.thereader.com image 394x521]

Thank you for this, Ravi. Thank you.

Also kinda-thank-you for this:

[theseconddisc.files.wordpress.com image 500x459]

If you haven't heard the latest Norah Jones album, please do so now. It's gritty and dark, unlike her typically harmless stuff. Girl is pissed off. Bonus: Her 'character' kills a rival woman and gloats about it.

The day I stop taking recommendations from a man named "dickfreckle" is the day I know I'm dead inside.


Ha! Yes, everyone makes fun of my username. It started as an inside joke, but then I got too invested in it to change. Rest assured, I'm not particularly proud of it. But here we are. If I change now, it will take me a year to rebuild what little reputation I have.

/at least it's not "Mya Buttreeks"
 
2012-12-12 07:00:13 AM  
He was a gross smelly hippy but his daughter is pretty hot...
 
2012-12-12 07:28:16 AM  
lilplatinum: daughter is pretty hot...

Make that plural.

www.allaboutjazz.com
 
2012-12-12 07:30:23 AM  

3.bp.blogspot.com
RIP SANKARA STONE

 
2012-12-12 07:46:06 AM  

i202.photobucket.com
RIP RIKKI TIKKI TAVI

 
2012-12-12 07:53:36 AM  

Somacandra: Bathia_Mapes: Very nice, submitter. Very nice.

This is a fantastic album all around. I owned it on vinyl first as a collector of post-Beatles Apple Records albums and then it was reissued in Europe on CD in the 1990s. Its a two-volume set either way. This particular raga (written by his Guru and father-in-law) is called "Hem Bihag" and you can hear the gravitas in his voice as he talks about his death. It takes up the first side of the first album and half the first CD. A morning raga is the last track, "Sindhi Bharavi." That's one he played often in different forms. There is a double-length evening raga, "Manj Khamaj," that alone takes up an entire CD or sides 2 and 3 of the double-album. This was one of Ravi's 2 releases on Apple Records--the other being the soundtrack to his biopic "Raga." Of course he also played on the Concert for Bangladesh (issued on Apple) and for George Harrison's Dark Horse Records later on as well. But its this piece I come back to time and time again as a small sacred space that rises above the chaos of the world. Shankar was truly an international artist and superstar that gave us new ways of listening.

On a much smaller note, I'm humbled and grateful this was the greenlit choice for Ravi's passing. I've wanted to share this powerful emotional piece with people for decades, and in some small way that wish actually came true tonight. I've had a lot of fun on this site and done some things I'm not too proud of too--but I will treasure this one greenlight more than any other I've been fortunate enough to also be blessed with.

ॐ NAMASTE ॐ


Lovely! Lovely choice, and lovely words. You and a bunch of other posters in the thread are now saffron-hued favorites.

Ravi Shankar got me started on my path what....23, 24 years ago? I bought a cassette with Raga Mohan Kauns (his Homage to Mahatma Gandhi) and Raga Gara on it, and the Alla Rakha tabla solo in tala Farodast sent me in search of a tabla teacher. I was up until 3am last night playing Ravi-ji's records and drinking scotch.

Here's a lovely Bilaskhani Todi to get your morning started.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqUwnUTjwHU

Peace.
 
2012-12-12 07:55:27 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: [www.thereader.com image 394x521]

Thank you for this, Ravi. Thank you.

Also kinda-thank-you for this:

[theseconddisc.files.wordpress.com image 500x459]


Should have looked at the Greens this morning before the news. Basically my headline.
 
2012-12-12 08:03:33 AM  
I honestly didn't know he was Norah Jones' father. Good link, subby.
 
2012-12-12 08:18:25 AM  
My husband stands by ready, willing, and somewhat able to comfort his daughters.
 
2012-12-12 08:43:23 AM  

GungFu


Ravi Shankar = He's a genius because he doesn't know how to actually stop playing.


He found a way. :-(
 
2012-12-12 09:11:02 AM  
Sitar music sucks, but sitar musicians make good daughters
 
2012-12-12 09:26:37 AM  
ive been here awhile, but have to ask. is there a rule that when something music related happens, the submitter has to post that musician's lamest recording? because that's what happens every single time.
 
2012-12-12 09:36:46 AM  
Ravi-inspired: Link
 
2012-12-12 10:12:58 AM  
the fox "news" article describes Shankar in it's headline as "The Beatles Sitar Player", as if a non-western person couldn't be influential on their own. LOL
 
2012-12-12 10:24:21 AM  
Listening to this reminded me of the great collaboration between Ry Cooder and V.M Bhatt, A Meeting by the River. Highly recommended.
 
2012-12-12 10:25:34 AM  

Great_Milenko: the fox "news" article describes Shankar in it's headline as "The Beatles Sitar Player", as if a non-western person couldn't be influential on their own. LOL


To be fair, that's how most people in the West know him, as "that Indian dude that hung out with the Beatles."
 
2012-12-12 10:26:11 AM  

Great_Milenko: the fox "news" article describes Shankar in it's headline as "The Beatles Sitar Player", as if a non-western person couldn't be influential on their own. LOL


he never appeared on a beatles recording did he? with fox news criteria, eric clapton was the beatles lead guitar player.
 
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