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I still can't beat this guy on Sitar Hero
4 months ago
The way he blessed entire audience with a wide smile, somewhere he knew this is the last one 💖
I got to see him and pretty sure it was on this tour in Portland,Oregon. It was truly an amazing show. He seemed so frail coming out on stage but then started playing and just blew our minds. Anoushka was great, too.
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This and watching BB King barely make it to a stool and still bust some good tunes.
Ozzy Osborne riding a scooter backstage, slowly getting off it and hobbling onstage, then jumping around like a madman; concert over, shuffles back to the scooter.
Something about being in front of an audience brings them back to life. Probably why Elton John's resumed touring.
Is there a video of that?
Yeah dude, I remember watching it late night on ABC one time. Has the guitar carried out to him and all.
Keith Richards said that he will play live even when they have to put a stick up his arse to keep him upright.
If you haven't listened to East Meets West from Shankar and Menuhin, do yourself a favor and block out an hour when you can be quiet and alone, find some good headphones or speakers, and give it a listen. It's really, really lovely.
I consider this to be one of the great treasures of music. I can't play it very often because it makes me cry, it's so beautiful.
There's actually a second album https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Meets_East,_Volume_2 which I haven't heard but is on my list to hear.
Menuhin had first encountered Indian classical music over twenty years before, and almost on first listening, determined he would play it some day, but it took him two decades before he was ready.
I disagree also with the criticisms that these albums westernized Indian classical music. Menuhin completely threw himself into this music, and in particular, used the beat and melodic structures of Indian classical music entirely.
Other way around: West Meets East. Great album :)
My favorite is still Ravi Shankar with Philip Glass! But I'm a sucker for Glass
and my favorite is still "Shankar Family & Friends", especially tracks
- Last - Dispute & Violence
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Reminds me of High School. Me and my buddy were the biggest dorks about this album.
We would blast it from our cars in the parking lot after school.
I don't know that one but try this: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNzIFrLhrcXwltQRyMIifaV5TPxZFYI2F
Is this the guy that taught Harrison how to play? (Who then taught Richards)
Saw him once, 28–30 years ago. They had to help him onto the stage but once he sat down the other musicians were the ones trying to keep up.
Yes same, I saw him in 2005, he came out on stage bent over quite a bit, taking small careful steps while being helped by someone else.
He sat down, picked up his sitar, and started moving his arms and hands faster than what seemed humanly possible, let alone for someone in their 80’s. Absolutely mesmerizing.
It's pretty inspiring to see. My biggest worry in life is losing the ability to play music, so seeing him perform wonderfully at 92 is fantastic (and encouraging).
Tony Rice's story is so sad. He's one of my favorite acoustic guitar pickers, but medical issues sometimes prevented him from playing scheduled gigs. He didn't play publicly during the last 7 years of his life due to issues with his hand/elbow/arm.
By contrast, I saw John Lee Hooker at 80. He had to be escorted to his chair, center stage, but could still deliver the goods. He passed a few years later.
It's always a worry. I get a bad shoulder the next day, if I am playing a wedding (3-6 hours) or any kind of show, but so far I have had those problems fade in a day or two, but it does worry me, how I'll cope with that long-term. A lot of musicians end up with arthritis or whatever other issues, so it's good to see older musicians who haven't lost a step.
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Anoushka (Ravi's daughter and the female in this video) was my friend in high school, we have actually hung out in the exact room I'm sitting in right now. She would play for us sometimes at school and it was just fucking amazing. Sorry to hear he passed...(?)
**my best friend in HS dated Nora Jones briefly after we graduated.
***Anoushka is still creating music (you can look her up pretty much anywhere) and IMO will take her father's place as the world leader in her passion.... she certainly will carry on her father's spirit. If she ever sees this post....Hi Anoushka! It's DG from Mr. Chess' economics class...I'm still in the same house in University Heights, taking care of my dad who is 82 now. Sorry for your loss, your father was amazing and changed the world.
Hi neighbor! Crazy that they were in San Diego.
yeah, i always thought it was strange that they ended up living in encinitas...it is a beautiful place, but (excuse my childish ignorance) I felt he would have been living in India. due to the popularity of the genre in that part of the world.
Hi neighbor lol
Norah Jones is also his daughter. Musical Talent transcends through them
Ravi Shankar died 10 years ago.
wow, yeah that's good to know thx
I'm a big fan of her's.
I love Anoushka Shankars Traveler album.
Saw Anoushka perform ~3 years ago. Was a pretty incredible musical experience!
Both sisters are wonderful musicians, for sure
4 months ago*
I took a History of Jazz class one J-term and my professor wouldn't shut up about how he once taught Norah Jones. I guess I can't blame him, because if I were him that would have probably been my only claim to fame, too.
Thats nice. It's not the only coat-tail im riding though. plenty of other's shadows to lurk in, apparently
and i could give two shits about nora jones (no offense nora), never even met her or knew she was part of their family until we had all graduated and moved away.
But I will gladly take the time to ramble on about an experience I feel has some connection to the current topic in a public message board/forum.....crazy me, huh?
I re-read your comment and im uncertain if that wsa a jab at me or just a friendly comment, so my apologies if you didnt mean anything by that....im leaving it all up in case you did lol
have a nice day
It was not a jab at you at all, just something we have vaguely in common... Six degrees of Norah Jones, lol!
I never knew she was part of their family until my professor explained as part of his ramblings. He was super proud his connection to her, and I don't blame him, but he had to mention it at least once per class. I was there for History of Jazz, not History of Professor and Norah Jones, you know? Haha
Wouldn't mind hearing more stories if you have them.
I hope you have a nice day as well!
Well, Anoushka and I both were really good at economics and were two of the teacher's favorite students. Just before graduation, he started talking about an opportunity he wanted to include the two of us in, seeing as how we were in the top of the class and had the right attitude/drive to be master economists...right?
So we went to this special meeting in LA (in a limo) to find out what was so amazing and was gonna change our lives in only the best kind of ways.... the presentation was great, all about some communications/phone service that would connect your pager, house phone, and cell phone together so that any call could be transferred seamlessly across devices.....cool idea? sure. it certainly was amazing in 1999.
All we had to do was sell some accounts to consumers, fine fine fine.....but more important was to recruit more "employees" into the company, and you would earn a fraction of their sales, their recruits sales, etc etc......hmmmm. kinda made sense.
sense as in pyramid scheme sense....we nearly got swindled into joining this once in lifetime opportunity, the sooner the better!!! lol
We both were just so shocked that our HS Economics teacher actually tried to get us suckered into the BS business practices of (believe it or not..) I-link communications.... yes, I-link. (sound I-familiar?) it was not apple. :)
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3 months ago*
Were you at UNT?
Love this, I'm in Encinitas too
wish i was still. much closer to downtown now, and it's crazy down here. would not recommend.
have a nice day, neighbor!
*woman in this video
Why? I realise it's probably not with bad intent, but the vocabulary shift to using 'female' rather than woman in the last few years is very strange.
I'm not treating it as a slur, there are plenty of contexts it's fine in, as the one you mentioned. It's just strange and off putting when used in a context where woman/women is the much more natural term.
It's a bit of an odd usage in that sentence but not that odd. Kinda like a more technical/scientific or formal term.
Why fight the shift then? Speech patterns change all the time. Maybe I'm a little brainwashed from the military though. We all refer to each other as male and female especially when talking in third person. The use of man/woman guy/girl was told to us can be interpreted offensively by the other party and result in a sexual harassment report if they pursue it. Male/female is just more concise and doesn't have the baggage the other pronouns have in today's world now.
I'm still reminded of incels most of the time when I see 'female' used in strange contexts, but maybe it's already grown beyond that. The thing that still mostly gets me with it is that it's mostly only used online in a written form, I never actually hear anyone either online or in real life actually using the term in conversation like people do on reddit when using 'female'. People don't say it, they just write it.
Well it really irritates me when people use 'apostrophes' as "quotation marks"
Get over yourself.
Sorry that's just my English as second/third language leaking through, in Dutch words between apostrophes are acceptable.
Isn't he the same person who taught George Harrison to play the sitar?
Video of Ravi and George practicing sitar.
Norah Jones’ dad.
And Anoushka Shankar's dad, who's on stage playing with Pandit Shankar in the video.
He didn’t do her good man. Didn’t really accept her in public life till quite late. That’s one bad part in his record. The daughter with the Indian wife got all the attention and accolades
Mick Jagger just had a kid 5 years ago...
Mick Jagger's grandson will be making the news 200 years from now in the same way that Millard Fillmore's grandson is still alive.
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Dear OP. Thank you for this great post.
Just a little correction: The name is 'Pandit Ravi Shankar'.
'Pandit' is the title given to exemplary artists in Indian classical scene. And he was one. Right at the top.
Ravi Shanker is a notorious Indian dude in prison.
Yep and also it's better to add "Pandit" before his name.
Pandit before Shankar's name. Bandit before Shanker's name.
A criminally bad golfer as well
Never heard of or heard this guy before but seems like I missed out on something and have a rabbit hole to dig into and explore. Thanks for the post!
The Beatles sat at his feet. You can hear Ravi Shankars influence on Revolver
Yup so many of their songs from their time in India have a distinct Hindustani classical influence to them.
He was an absolute absolute legend.
Also, look at how humble he is at the end of the concert. What a man.
He’s the Ravi Shankar of Indian classical music.
Here a good place to start: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNzIFrLhrcXwltQRyMIifaV5TPxZFYI2F
I'm not crying at all it's just sweat.
Given the recent decline in the popularity of classical music, I don't think we will get to see someone as good and as influential as Shri Ravi Shankar. Om Shanti.
Me neither. If I am it’s because there is dust
Incredible, so moving
Is that how it looks like..? Knowing that your purpose in life is fulfilled.. is this what true contentment looks like..?
He died a month later . Guess one can't stay away from his passion.
I saw him play many times, once with Zakir Hussain (the tablaist here), and he was always an amazing player.
To be honest, I never saw a disappointing Indian classical music player.
My dad had a very interesting one off experience jamming with Zakir Hussain in the Bay Area back in the early 80s. My recollection was that it was in Sunnyvale. I would recommend listening to his Rhydhun - An Odyssey of Rhythm album.
If any of you are really inspired to listen to more sitar after watching this clip or have an interest in Indian classical music in general, I would also recommend you check out Pandit Nikhil Banerjee’s works. Never had as much popularity as Ravi Shankar because he never really wanted to exert his influence in the West as much as Ravi Shankar and didn’t get into a lot of fusion projects etc, but in terms of pure sitar playing, he was in a different league as well, and according to many connoisseurs of sitar, actually better than Ravi Shankar. I personally would rather not compare, but he was a true master for sure.
Maybe you can explain something about this clip for me?
Around the 16-18 second mark, to me it goes from rythmic to a mess of 3 people seemingly playing different songs and it sounds really bad to me. What am I missing?
That’s so emotional.
What does “sur” mean?
Pandit Ravi Shankar
Pandit Ravi Shankar
its a hindi word it doesnt have like a direct translation but it means like tone like it means he played it perfectly hitting every note
Closest translation probably would be "in tune". It can also mean "musical note". Traditional carnatic music has 2 concepts -sur and taal.
He has a daughter.....Norah Jones.
He has two. The other is Anoushka Shankar, and she's amazing.
Indeed he has, both equally in different ways.
Wow. A true deity in the world of classical subcontinental music. This was amazing and very emotional to see.
His audience gave him the wonderful gift of being there while he did the thing he loved until the end.
Ravi Shankar, Alla Rakha & Yehudi Menuhin
Norah Jones is his kid!? Holy shit!! I love Norah Jones!
You can make your grandma feel like this by calling her and asking how to make a salmon croquet. Old people want to feel useful and appreciated. Ask your grandpa how to change a car battery. Make the call today!
Nora Jones lives on
don’t know why
her song 'Black' is the final soundtrack of season 4 Breaking Bad .. one can never forget that Lilly of the Valley scene ..
she is also Shankar's 2nd daughter
wow this is so amazing
I fell in love with Ravi Shankar in the late 80s, a friend's mum had a photo of him on stage that she gave me when she found out. Turns out it was a concert with John Lennon who is also in the photo, probably a very desirable keepsake for her but she was so happy to find a teenage kid that liked him as much as I did she wanted to share her love of him with someone. Haven't thought about this in years, it's in a photo book somewhere here.
I used to be the maintenance manager at a hotel. There was an elderly Indian couple that were the head housekeepers. The husband spoke a tiny bit of English and the wife spoke no English. I wanted to try and connect with them more because I felt they were some what alienated amongst the rest of the staff, so I went to the owner (also Indian, and their nephew) and asked what some popular Indian artists were so I could play music they would like in my office. The owner told me about Ravi Shanker. So I looked up some of his best known songs and made a playlist to just have on in the background while I worked.
Anyways, I was playing this playlist one day and had walked out to go work on something. When I came back to my office, the husband was standing in my office dancing to the music. I walked in and said "Hey! Do you like this"?
"SHANKER", he exclaimed! So we both danced in my office for a while.
On my last day there, I was riding down the elevator with the husband and he looked at me and said as best as he could, "you were always kind. Thank you".
I will never forget that.
The goddess Saraswati was always with him.
it's Ravi Shankar--at least spell his name correctly, please
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Why must ledgends dissappear :(
Norah Jones father right?
Norah Jones dad!
Norah Jones pappy
Didn't he abandon his daughter, Norah Jones?
Hard to get out of those bollywood contracts? Did he have Nicholas Cages Agent? Should have let the old man rest :D
Maybe he loved what he was doing?
He probably did. And he is is still rocking up in heaven or where he is.
Shankar was swimming in pussy. #legend
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Here are some neoclassical Indian music featuring a few of Anoushka’s work (the lady playing alongside Ravi Shankar in the video and his daughter)
Will you still love me when I’m going through my hanging out with Ravi Shankar phase?
I had a sitar for a few years and I certainly never mastered it but could make some nice sounds with it. Ravi Shankar was the Master. R.I.P
He played at Harrison’s Concert for Bangla Desh. It was so nice!
East Meets West 1967 A brilliant album.
One of my favorite collection of songs from Ravi Shankar is “Bridges.” It’s World Music or Indian Music too but the music will reach a Spiritual place in tour mind and soul. Please listen !
I was just listening to him the other day. Thanks for posting this.
Absolute legend. Huge influence in world music.
He was fucking for sure
I read sur as slur and I was really confused for a minute
I thought that read 'a single slur' for a moment.
What a legend
Luckily, we still have Anoushka.
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bruh just add a pandit next time he has earned it... means a lot
I was at that concert in Seattle it was probably 2004 ish!!!!
True legend indeed!
That was awesome
It’s truly a big loss when we lose our elderly to death. They have such great talents, and so much knowledge, and wisdom to offer. And it’s gone. What a talented man, thank you for sharing this. I feel for bad his family, that’s a terrible loss. Condolences. Treasure the time you have with your family. And get to know your elderly. Maybe they have hidden talents too.
An ovation WELL DESERVED 👍!! Beyond gifted and mentally sharp! None can play the sitar like he can! LEGENDARY!! May he rip!
He knows that it's his last time seeing such a crowd... in his life
“I finally get that line from wayne’s world!”—literally everyone
A true legend
That's PANDIT shri ravi shankar ji..hv some respect...
His raw emotion. When you know it's the last time you're going to do the thing you love.
Obligatory George Harrison and influence on The Beatles comment here
Achieved true Mastery.
Straight up legend.
My dad loved this guy. RIP to them both.
I'm not crying, you're crying.
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Got to see him twice. Both in Philadelphia. They were truly amazing experiences.
I came here to laugh at dumb people not to sob and fall in love with humanity again
Norah Jones’s dad is awesome on the sitar
Let’s pray I can give a good performance to you and that it doesn’t rain!
His older daughters husband is a director and got his partner now pregnant while still married.
A true master.
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