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Series 18 - 3. Something Inside So Strong
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Thu 10 Jan 2013 11:30 BBC Radio 4

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 30 March 2010

Nitin Sawhney explores the life of the Indian musician Ravi Shankar as he approaches his 90th birthday.

Ravi Shankar is one of the greatest musicians the world has ever seen. In the West his outstanding career has sometimes been overshadowed by his brief association with the Beatles but he has been performing and composing at the highest level for over 70 years. The man who first brought Indian classical music to an international audience was once compared to Mozart by the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin. But it wasn't an easy journey to success - it took an arduous process of study and practice. Fellow musician and fan Nitin Sawhney meets his hero to discuss how he did it.

With contributions from Ravi Shankar's daughter Anoushka, one of India's biggest music stars Zakir Hussain, George Harrison's wife Olivia, The Who's Pete Townshend and music historian Ken Hunt.

Music Played

20 items
  • Image for Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar Dhun In Devgiri Bilawal

    Composer: Ravi Shankar

    The Rough Guide to Ravi Shankar, World Music Network, RGNET 1134 CD, 5

  • Image for Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar Kathakali Katthak

    Composer: Ravi Shankar

    The Rough Guide to Ravi Shankar, RGNET 1134 CD, World Music Network, 1

  • Image for Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar Dhun Man Pasand

    Composer: Ravi Shankar

    The Rough Guide to Ravi Shankar, RGNET 1134 CD, World Music Network, 4

  • Image for Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar Megh

    Composer: Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar: A Journey Through His Music, Saragama, 223970-326

  • Image for Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar Manj Khamaj

    Composer: Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar: A Journey Through His Music, Saragama, 223970-326

  • Image for Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar Charu Keshi

    Composer: Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar: In Celebration, Angel Records, CDCD 7243 5 55577 2 8

  • Image for Ravi Shankar & Ustad Ali Akbar Khan

    Ravi Shankar & Ustad Ali Akbar Khan Ravi Shankar & Ustad Ali Akbar Khan - Raga Jhila Kafi

    Composer: trad., arr. Ravi Shankar

    More Flowers of India, El Records, ACMEM141CD, 8

  • Image for Ravi Shankar & Ustad Ali Akbar Khan

    Ravi Shankar & Ustad Ali Akbar Khan Ravi Shankar & Ustad Ali Akbar Khan - Bilashkani Todi

    Composer: trad

    The Rough Guide to Ravi Shankar, World Music Network, RGNET 1134 CD, 9

  • Image for Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)

    Composer: Ravi Shankar

    Film Records, El Records, ACMEM177CD, 1

  • Image for Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar Improvisation on the theme Pather Panchali

    Composer: Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar: A Journey Through His Music, Saragama, 223970-326

  • Image for Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar Gat Kirwani

    Composer: Ravi Shankar

    Portrait of Genius, BGO Records, BGOCD99, 6

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Norwegian Wood

    Composer: Lennon / McCartney

    Rubber Soul, EMI, CDP 7 46440 2, 2

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Within You Without You

    Composer: Harrison

    Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, EMI, CDP 7 46442 2, 8

  • Image for Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar Raga Bhimpalasi

    Composer: adtp Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar – Live at the Monterey International Pop Festival, BGO Records, BGOCD147, 1

  • Image for Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar Dhun (Dadra and Fast Teental)

    Composer: adtp Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar – Live at the Monterey International Pop Festival, BGO Records, BGOCD147, 3

  • Image for Ravi Shankar & Yehudi Menuhin

    Ravi Shankar & Yehudi Menuhin Ravi Shankar & Yehudi Menuhin - Sitar and Violin Duet

    Composer: Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar: In Celebration, Angel Records, CDCD 7243 5 55577 2 8, CD 3 track 1

  • Image for London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andre Previn

    London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andre Previn 3rd Movement Sitar Concerto No.1

    Composer: Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar: In Celebration, Angel Records, CDCD 7243 5 55577 2 8

  • Image for Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass

    Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass - Offering

    Composer: Ravi Shankar

    Passages, Private, 260947, 1

  • Image for Ravi Shankar & London Symphony Orchestra

    Ravi Shankar & London Symphony Orchestra Concerto For Sitar & Orchestra, Raga Khamaj

    Composer: Ravi Shankar

    Shankar: Concerto For Sitar & Orchestra, EMI, CDM-7 69121 2, 1

  • Image for Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar Kaushi Bhairav

    Composer: Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar: A Journey Through His Music, Saragama, 223970-326

Credits

Producer
James Hale

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