#3851: Marking Ravi Shankar's Birthday

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Ravi Shankar

To celebrate the birthday of the late sitar master Ravi Shankar, listen to rare archival performances, including a collaboration with violinist Yehudi Menuhin recorded at the United Nations in 1967, a performance of a classic raga from Woodstock, and a musical tribute from his daughter, Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar. 

Listen to a musical homecoming of sorts – “HOME,” which is Anoushka Shankar’s tribute to her father and guru, playing some of the great classical ragas for which Ravi was well-known. Hear some of her performance of "Raga Manj Khamaj," the very piece that Ravi Shankar performed at the Woodstock Festival.

Then, hear a collaboration between violinist Joshua Bell and Anoushka Shankar called "Variant Moods." Plus, from the WNYC Archives, there’s a special performance of a sitar and violin duet from 1967 concert recorded at the United Nations, featuring the late Ravi Shankar and the late classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin, accompanied by the late tabla master Ustad Alla Rakha. 

To close the show, John Schaefer selects a work from a classic LP, “The Genius of Pandit Ravi Shankar,” a light instrumental classical piece, known as a Dhun.

PROGRAM #3851, Ravi Shankar (First Aired 4-7-2016)         

ARTIST: Ravi Shankar with Alla Rakha, tabla
WORK: Raga Manj Khamaj, excerpt [2:55]
RECORDING: Ravi Shankar at the Woodstock Festival
SOURCE: World Pacific ‎– WPS-21467 LP | CD Reissue on BGO Records ‎– BGOCD117 (1991)
INFO: Out of print. Try auction sites.

ARTIST: Anoushka Shankar & Tanmoy Bose, tabla
WORK: Celebration: Raga Manj Khamaj [18:25]
RECORDING: Home
SOURCE: Deutsche Grammophon 479 4785
INFO: deutschegrammophon.com

ARTIST: Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin, and Alla Rakha
WORK: Raga Piloo [13:46]
RECORDING: Live at the United Nations, Dec. 10, 1967
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.
INFO: However, the commercial release of these duets is on Angel Records, “West Meets East: The Historic Shankar Menuhin Collection” and is available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Joshua Bell & Anoushka Shankar
WORK: Variant Moods [9:05]
RECORDING: At Home With Friends
SOURCE: Sony 88697 
INFO: joshuabell.com

ARTIST: Ravi Shankar with Alla Rakha, tabla
WORK: Dhun: Kaharwa [5:40]
RECORDING: The Genius of Pandit Ravi Shankar
SOURCE: Oriental Records #1041
INFO: orientalrecords.com