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Ravi Shankar, the legendary sitarist and composer was India's most esteemed musical Ambassador and a singular phenomenon in the classical music worlds of East and West. As a performer, composer, teacher and writer, he did more for Indian music than any other musician. He was well known for his pioneering work in bringing Indian music to the West. This however, he ... Read more in Amazon's Ravi Shankar Store

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  • Audio CD (7 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005AKIG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,718 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Introduction I (Live) 1:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Raga Kaushi Kanhara: Alap-Jor-Jhala (Live)19:02£2.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Raga Kaushi Kanhara: Gat In Dhamar (Live)10:04£2.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Introduction II (Live) 1:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Raga Mishra Gara: Aochar/Slow Gat & Fast Gat In Teental (Live)30:16£3.99  Buy MP3 

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First of all, I would like to give - despite the flaws - full 5 stars to the first piece on this album. In spite of the fact that Ravi Shankar has performed better on the past [check for example the whole 'Golden Jubilee Concert' [1990] or the introduction to rAg Malkauns on 'Sound of the Sitar'], this piece is full of grandeur and beauty of aesthetic and spiritual self-control. Ravi Shankar must have been The greatest musician of the sitar in performing "the serious" in rAga-music. Like here, Ravi always used to play the deeper alAps in the Dhrupad style, which marks the high level of dedication. Here the long, sustained pauses speak as much as the highly sophisticated and utmostly controlled bent notes on the lowest string(s). The gat in Dhamar and the appropriate ending are majestic and full of energy.

The most curious point in this recording comes from the two tabla players. First of all, neither of them displays any significant amount of virtuosity, but the style... There are _so many_ delicately understated notes which just hint at the complete understanding between the master and the drummer(s), that even that would make this recording such great listening. But, there is still not much of the traditional 'sangat' -type of tabla playing, where the tabla follows every note of the melodic soloist throughout a section. (Zakir Hussain is a master of that kind of playing, and you should check his work with e.g. Hariprasad Chaurasia and Ali Akbar Khan. )

The second piece, a very light rAga of Shankar's own creation, is not that interesting to a one who's heard several recordings of the maestro. The performance sounds like a generic 'Shankar-rAga', where especially the second gat is heard _so_ many times before.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
An inspirational ageless wonder 18 Jan 2002
By Enrique Torres - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Ravi Shankar has played Carnegie Hall numerous times but on this recording it is 62 years after his first performance, hence the title "Full Circle." His lovely daughter, a fine sitar player in her own right, San Diegan Anoushka Shankar, accompanies the master for some memorable playing. To the novice Western ears that are unacustomed to the sitar, the disc begins as though they are tuning their instruments! With a pick here and a lingering note there, the classical Indian music is both a mixture of Eastern mysticism and high energy music that sizzles. All the compositions are by the master sitar player Ravi Shankar and he demosnstrates why he is considered the best at what he does, even at his age(81) he has the dexterity and and stamina to breathe life into the guitar like instrument with incredible intensity. By the time the tablas join in the playing, the group has "warmed up" and the call and response between Ravi and daughter is nothing short of incredible. The complex classical music is explained in full detail in the accompanying insert. The two ragas are broken down into several movements within, allowing for the improvisational skills to play within the discipline of the raga. It was great to revisit the soothing yet exhilirating sounds of Ravi Shankar again and I recommend this disc to old and new fans alike. Try this disc for a trip into the soul of Ravi Shankar as he demonstrates the essence and purity of Eastern music. As explained in the informative booklet, Ravi has achieved Karmasu kausalam or " the purity of purpose, the humble intuitive pursuit of perfection." This is blissfully, joyful music that symblolizes the gifted life of Ravi come full circle, as he passes the torch to his daughter, Anoushka, for a new generation of Shankar music. If you like world music, this has a niche in your musical library, file it under good karma.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Melodious and Mesmerizing 16 Feb 2003
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"Because I improvise completely (of course observing all the complex discipline of the raga and tala forms) I feel constrained performing for an audience with the knowledge that it is being recorded for a DC. But luckily this time it worked!" -Ravi Shankar

This was my introduction to Ravi Shankar, the famous sitar player born in Benares, India in 1920. He was the first Indian instrumentalist to attain an international reputation.

It is interesting to note that in 1962 he founded the Kinnara School of Music in Bombay. In 1965, George Harrison of the Beatles studied sitar with Shankar, and Beatle recordings began featuring Harrison playing the sitar.

"Ravi, because of his upbringing and living in Paris and traveling in Europe, could relate to all the musicians, theater people and painters he met in the West. It also made him willing to persevere to reach a mass audience, and led to the future role he would have in really bringing world music to the West." -George Harrison (1943-2001)

As a youth, Shankar was a solo dancer who performed with his brother Uday's Indian dance troupe in Paris. He later married Ustad Allauddin Khan's daugher, Annapurna. His own daughter "Anoushka Shankar (1981-), who studied with her father, is also a virtuoso sitarist." See B00000DCI0 for an album by this artist. Here, she joins her father at Carnegie Hall where he first performed as a musician and dancer in 1938. The same year he became a pupil of the great Indian instrumentalist Ustad Allauddin Khan.

Among Shankar's many musical compositions are the scores for the motion pictures Pather Panchali (1954) and Apu Trilogy. He has also collaborated with musicians like Zubin Mehta and with composer Philip Glass in their electronic recording "Passages (1990).

This is music which is probably still quite exotic for many listeners, but you can be easily seduced into listening if you give the music time to weave its magic spell. As the music progresses you actually can become a bit mesmerized by the sounds of the sitar, tabla and tanpura.

The sitar is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent and was actually popularized by Ravi Shankar in the 1960s. It is a fretted string instrument with a gourdlike body and a long neck. It has from 3 to 7 gut strings, tuned in fourths or fifths or both. There is also a lower course of 12 wire strings that vibrate sympathetically with the first set.

Shankar believes that a "raga" is an aesthetic projection of an artists inner spirit. This concert presents soothing and exhilarating blends of contemplative raga forms.

The Hindu/Urdu word "rag" is derived from the Sanskrit word: "raga." This means color or passion. When you think of raga, think of an acoustic method of "coloring the mind of the listener with emotion." Raga is technically one of the melodic formulas of Hindu music having the melodic shape, rhythm, and ornamentation prescribed by tradition.

The characteristics which define raga are:

The seven notes (Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni) of the Indian musical scale called "swar." The "swar" (notes) are assembled to make the scales. These scales are called "saptak."

Modal Structure called "that." There are 32 seven-note combinations of the "swar," yet only ten are conventionally accepted as "thats."

Number of notes used in the rag called "jati." A seven-note rag is a "sampurna jati."

Ascending and descending structure called: "arohana/avorohana." The "arohana" is the pattern in which a rag ascends the scale. The "avarohana" describes the way a rag descends the scale.

Important notes are called "vadi" (a note which is strongly emphasized) and "samavadi." (a note that is strong but only slightly less so).

Characteristic movements to the rag called: "pakad" or "swarup." for instance the "Pa M'a Ga Ma Ga" is a sign for Rag Bihag. The Indian Swar (notes) are Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni.

In addition to the main characteristics of "rag" there are some that are attributed to times of the day. There can also be male and female rags. Tradition dictates that certain rags are performed at certain times of the day, seasons or holidays. Playing rags at the wrong time may bring disharmony. At the right time they may bring harmony.

Ravi Shankar has also been awarded an honorary knighthood by the Queen of England.

See his autobiographies:
My Music, My Life (1969)
Raga Mala (1997).

Perfect accompaniment to an Indian-inspired dinner or just when you want to take a sound journey. Also perfect for listening to while giving or receiving a massage.

~The Rebecca Review
Ravi Shankar performance at Carnegie Hall, NY. 30 Sep 2014
By KJ Kumar - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Pundit Ravi Shankar comes from a family of Artists, like singers, dancers, actors etc.
Every one knows his famous Brother Uday Shankar, a great dancer.
Being Aries, he was a charismatic figure, with so many talents and skill in several arts.
He joined his brother performing Classical Dance all around the world.
He, soon gave up dancing and took interest in Sitar. Rest is history.

He was a good composer and created several tunes for movies. He had close relationship with
The late Satyajit Ray. Pundit Ji also worked for AIR (All India Radio) for some time, in Delhi.
But soon lost interest being a music Director.
He had close association with the famous Violinist Maestro Yahudi Menihin, the Beatles and specially Geroge Harrison. He travelled all over the spreading Love and harmony and Sitar.
He also had a short stint in Politics and served as a Rajya Sabha Member. (Upper Chamber
Of the Parliament)
The Pundit was awarded Bharat Ratna, Indian highest Civilian honour.

Pundit Ravi Shankar was born on 7th April 1920 In India and died in December 11th, 2012
in San Diego, California, United States of America, at the age of 92.

His daughter Anouska Ravi Shankar A famous Sitarist, carries his vision and his love and plays Sitar. Listen to her and also listen to Nora Jones, who's a great Pianist.

This composition was performed in year 2000 at Carnegie Hall, New York, United States of America.
Listen to it. Or listen to all his compositions and I assure you, that you'd love it.
Thank you AMAZON.
Indian Music at its Best 17 Mar 2014
By Arnold Asrelsky - Published on
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I have heard that Ravi Shankar may have been one of the first Indians to bring his country's music to the west but that he was not one if its best practitioners. What a mean nasty remark. Since hearing Ravi's music, I have sought out and listened to many of his countryman's pieces. They are splendid but to these ears no better than the Master's. Here he is at the end of his career playing once again at Carnegie Hall with all the fire and depth of his younger self. You won't go wrong with this MP3. Buy it, love it.The price makes it an extraordinary bargain.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Broad based appeal 10 April 2001
By Omar Sultan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of Ravi Shankar or of Indian music, you will enjoy both the aesthetics and the nostalgia of this disc--Ravi first played Carnagie Hall in 1938.
If you have never listened to Indian music before, give this a try, it is mellow yet substantial, quiet yet energizing.
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