Happy Birthday Ravi
09 Apr 2012
George Harrison's mentor and sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar
turned 92 on Saturday, 7th
April. To celebrate his birthday, Ravi is
releasing The Living Room Sessions, Part 1
the first of two recordings made in his home with tabla accompanist Tammy Bose.
Ravi's incredible life story is told in his autobiography, RAGA MALA
, including how he taught George Harrison sitar, influenced the
Beatles' sound, and spearheaded the spread of India music across the world. The
idea for the book was initiated by George Harrison to celebrate Ravi's 75th
birthday 17 years ago.
'By having him as a friend, I could experience the best of
India...He's always been like a guru and father figure, but at the same time I
think mainly of him as a friend, because we joke around most of the time.' -
George Harrison, in his foreword to RAGA MALA
The influence of Ravi's music is evident in the Concert for
, with the first half of Harrison's memorial concert comprising of Indian
music performed by Ravi's daughter Anoushka, including 'Arpan' which Ravi
composed as a tribute to his friend.
Image Copyright © Brian Roylance