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December 13, 2012, 5:15 pm

RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar: Legendary Sitar Maestro…

“Pop changes week to week, month to month. But great music is like literature.” Pandit Ravi Shankar

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RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar: Legendary Sitar Maestro…

Pandit Ravi ShankarRaga Asa Bhairav

Pandit Ravi Shankar & Anoushka ShankarRaga Anandi Kalyan

Pandit Ravi Shankar was a gifted musician and composer whose expertise on the sitar, and powerful, evocative music, brought him international recognition and well deserved accolades. He was often called the “Godfather of World Music ” as he cut across cultural boundaries to share his music globally. His genre was classical Indian music with a contemporary feel and his performances were long, inspiring musical feats that could make the spirit soar as if in deep meditation. In fact, I was exposed to his music during my ashram living years and that was the first way I got to learn about, and fall in love, with his body of work. I found his music both captivating and meditative and would listen to his performances and interviews on my CDs and TV/Radio for hours.

Over the years, Ravi Shankar traveled around the world performing his special brand of music which as time went by, included performances with his daughter Anoushka, a talented musician in her own right. The equally talented Norah Jones is his daughter. If you’ve never heard his music, I invite you to devote some time to sit back, listen, and let the sounds wash over your body and soothe your soul. His music came into my life at an important phase in my growth and I remain grateful for the exposure.  I’ve included a few more of my favorites musical pieces from his best work; Raga Parameshwari and Mishra Bhairav, below. More below!

“In our culture we have such respect for musical instruments, they are like part of God.” Pandit Ravi Shankar

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RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar: Legendary Sitar Maestro…

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RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar: Legendary Sitar Maestro… Ravi and Anoushka in concert 2005

Pandit Ravi Shankar Raga Parameshwari

Pandit Ravi Shankar Mishra Bhairav

We often hear about how the power of great instrumental music can draw us closer to the divine… While this might not be our daily experience, Ravi’s music spoke to something ancient and steady in the soul, and if you settled into listening to any of his long performances, a calm descended and transported one to a place of quiet contemplation. As India’s most esteemed musical Ambassador, he was in huge demand and collaborated with many notables including André Previn, Zubin Mehta, Philip Glass, and George Harrison.

Throughout his career, Ravi Shankar received many awards including three Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award nomination. Right up to and beyond his last concert on November 4, 2012, he remained a shining light and phenomenon in the world of classical Indian music. Pandit Ravi Shankar passed away on December 11th and is survived by his wife, Sukanya, daughters; Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones, and other family members.  He was 92. RIP Maestro and Thank You for your musical contributions to the world…

Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? Are you familiar with Ravi Shankar’s music? Do you have any favorites on your playlist? Would you recommend some to my readers? Do share! Thank you.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Daily Prompt: Mix Tape. Put together a musical playlist of songs that describe your life, including what you hope your future entails.

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!

Positive Motivation Tip: Great Music has the power to heal and bring us closer to the divine. When we are caught in a web of worries,  we can turn to the sacred sounds of our favorite instrumental music for there is comfort and blessing there.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Ravi Shankar, Ravi Shankar 2009, Ravi and Anoushka,  via Wikipedia, Flickr and/or my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

Elizabeth - Mirth and Motivation

Motivate. Elevate. Laugh. Live Positively… I am a mother of two, sister to many and a card-carrying certified optimist. My family and friends are golden because our love and trust is unequivocal. I've traveled, I've lived, I've had my share of happiness and hurt and I remain grateful for God's grace in my life...

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