Born on April 7, 1920, in Banaras, Uttar Pradesh, Rabindra Shankar Chowdhary was a composer of Hindustani classical music, legendary Sitar player, and Indian musician. He is the son of Hemangini Devi and Shyam Shankar, who was a lawyer. His older sibling
was a well-known Indian classical dancer. He belonged to a Bengali family. He spent the majority of his childhood learning dance and music and visiting widely in India and Europe with dance group of his sibling Uday Shankar. He quit dancing, and for the following seven years he concentrated the sitar (a classical music instrument) under the prominent artist Ustad Allauddin Khan at the age of 18.
In the wake of filling in as music executive of All-India Radio from 1948 to 1956, he started a series of American and European visits. He performed first time in front of the public in India in 1939. After completing his formal learning in 1944, he shifted to Bombay. He began a recording profession with Indian member of HMV and started by creating scores for ballet and movies. It was amid the 50's that he ended up noticeably celebrated in the realm of music foreign countries. He has performed in important events such as Edinburgh Festival and furthermore at imperative spots as Royal Festival Hall of London. In 1965, George Harrison, the member of the band name The Beatles started experimentation with the Sitar.
Therefore, the two performers met and their enthusiasm for the Sitar made them good companions. Ravi Shankar's profession got an instant popularity as he became Harrison's guide. He got numerous chances to grandstand his ability as a classical artist in occasions such as Monterey Pop Festival, California in 1967 next to Ustad Allah Rakha, the Tabla maestro. He likewise played out an opening act amid U.S visit of George Harrison in 1974. He was affectionately called the Godfather of World Music by George Harrison. He has created two perfect symphony works of art for orchestra and Sitar and Sitar and Violin composition for Yehudi Menuhin, the famous violinist.
He has additionally formed music for Jean-Pierre Rampal, the flute prodigy, Musumi Miyashita, Koto (Japanese stringed musical instrument) instrumentalist and Hozan Yamamoto, the Japanese flute artist. He has made the melodic score for motion pictures such as Gandhi and Charly, Chappaqua, Apu Trilogy. He even got select for an Academy Award for his piece in this film. His recording named "Tana Mana" skillfully mixes the conventional instruments with electronics in 1987. He additionally made the Sitar part in "Orion" creation of
. In the early 1960s, his show performances with Yehudi Menuhin and his relationship with George Harrison conveyed Indian music to the consideration of the West.
Among the various artists affected by Shankar's compositional style were John Coltrane, the jazz saxophonist and Philip Glass, the composer with whom Shankar teamed up on the collection Passages in 1990. Without a doubt, particularly incredible Among Shankar's achievements are his similarly master participation in Indian-affected Western music and classical Indian music. Most features for the last activity are his concerti for orchestra and Sitar, especially Raga-Mala ("Garland of Ragas"), which was first time perform in the year 1981. Amid his lifetime he got Grammy Awards for the collections West Meets East, a joint effort with Menuhin in 1966; The Concert for Bangladesh, an arrangement of show by Bob Dylan, Shankar and Harrison in 1971; and Full Circle, a live recording of an execution with his little girl
at Carnegie Hall in 2001.
In 1997 he got the Premium Imperial prize by Japan Art Association for music. Shankar kept giving shows into his 90s, habitually joined by Anoushka, who, similar to her dad, spent significant time in mixing Indian and Western conventions. Additionally, daughter of Shankar is Norah Jones, various Grammy-winning artist, and lyricist, who discovered her specialty in an eclectic mix of country, jazz, and pop music. Shankar left the world on 11 December of 2012. Two months after his demise, he got fourth Grammy Honor, for his personal collections of ragas titled The Living Room Sessions Part 1. Additionally, around then, he was regarded with the Recording Academy's lifetime accomplishment grant. Notwithstanding his entirely melodic endeavors, Shankar composed two collections of memoirs, distributed 30 years separately: Raga Mala and My Life, My Music.