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Concert for Bangladesh - 40 Years Anniversary

01 Aug 2011


In 1971 George Harrison was so moved by a request from Ravi Shankar to help the people of Bangladesh, where a humanitarian crisis was unfolding, that he orchestrated what would be the first benefit concert of its kind. The Concert for Bangladesh on the 1st August 1971 was a sell out and has raised millions of dollars for UNICEF. 

Ravi and George recall how it came about in  RAGA MALA:

'The idea occurred to me of giving a concert to raise money to help these refugees - something on a bigger scale than normal. While I was thinking of this, George Harrison was in Los Angeles. He would come to my house in the morning and spend time there, and he understood what I was going through. I asked him frankly, 'George can you help me?' He was really moved and said, 'Yes, something should be done.' - Ravi Shankar

'I said, 'OK, I'll go on the show and I'll get some other people to come and help. We'll try and make it into a big show, and maybe we can make a million dollars instead of a few thousand.' So I got on the telephone trying to round people up. We pinpointed the days which were astrologically good, and we found Madison Square Garden was open on one of those days - 1st August.' - George Harrison 

The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF have created a video highlighting the impact of the concert, see below:


Ravi Shankar has led an incredible life documented in his Genesis autobiography, RAGA MALA, edited by George Harrison and published as a signed limited edition. He recounts a remarkable journey, from humble beginnings, seven years studying the sitar, to spectacular performances at Monterey, Woodstock and the Concert for Bangladesh.

It was thirty years later that Ravi would be at a very different concert, honouring the life of his dear friend George Harrison at the CONCERT FOR GEORGE, once again bringing together some of the world's finest musicians, this time to pay tribute to George who had passed away exactly one year before.

To mark the 40th Anniversary of the Concert for Bangladesh, Genesis are offering Free Shipping for this week on all orders of these two very special limited edition books, CONCERT FOR GEORGE and  RAGA MALAA saving of up to £50. Simply enter BANGLADESH into the voucher section when paying for your book for the discount to be applied.

To see the concert in its entirety please visit the official home page: www.theconcertforbangladesh.com


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