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Ravi Shankar, the virtuoso sitar maestro who introduced Indian Ravi Shankar ( right) in Los Angeles in with George Harrison Photo: AP. Ravi Shankar on His Pal George Harrison and 'Chants of India' Describe your relationship with George Harrison. [Harrison] gives me. Ravi Shankar and George Harrison collaborate associations and began to refocus on cementing his status as a classical Indian musician but his friendship with Harrison endured. “It is a beautiful relationship,” Shankar said.
During his tenure, inhe met Yehudi Menuhin when the violin master visited New Delhi.
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Menuhin who also brought hatha yoga master B. Iyengar to the West recognized genius when he saw it; he paved the way for Shankar to come to America in Through Bock, Shankar met and performed with jazz luminaries like Bud Shank and Paul Horn, and befriended John and Alice Coltrane, who became so close to Shankar they named their son Ravi Ravi Coltrane is now a stellar saxophonist in his own right.
The Coltranes became serious students of Indian spirituality, and Alice eventually became a swami, running her own ashram in California until her death in Shankar also influenced, and collaborated with, the renowned composer Philip Glasswho has been a student of Hindu and Buddhist spiritual teachings since the sixties. David Crosby, whose folk-rock group The Byrds also recorded for World Pacific, was turned on to Shankar by Bock, and he, in turn, told his friend George about him.
That led to one of the most significant mentor-student relationships since Socrates and Plato. George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, ca. The musical results can be heard on several Beatles tracks and attracted enough imitators to birth a short-lived musical subcategory called Raga Rock. The relationship with his sitar mentor also catalyzed a spiritual quest that would make George about as Hindu as a Liverpool Catholic could possibly be.
Shankar gave George books to read.
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I probably would have kicked the bucket or I would just be, you know, some horrible person, with a pointless life. He played well-received shows in concert halls in Europe and the United States, but faced a constant struggle to bridge the musical gap between the West and the East.
Describing an early Shankar tour inTime magazine said "U. Harrison had grown fascinated with the sitar. He played the instrument, with a Western tuning, on the song Norwegian Wood, but soon sought out Shankar, already a musical icon in India, to teach him to play it properly.
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The pair spent weeks together, starting the lessons at Harrison's house in England and then moving to a houseboat in Kashmir and later to California. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, helping spark the raga-rock phase of 60s music and drawing increasing attention to Shankar and his work. Shankar's popularity exploded, and he soon found himself playing on bills with some of the top rock musicians of the era.
He played a four-hour set at the Monterey Pop Festival and the opening day of Woodstock.
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Though the audience for his music had hugely expanded, Shankar, a serious, disciplined traditionalist who had played Carnegie Hall, chafed against the drug use and rebelliousness of the hippie culture. They were all stoned. To me, it was a new world," Shankar told Rolling Stone of the Monterey festival. While he enjoyed Otis Redding and the Mamas and the Papas at the festival, he was horrified when Jimi Hendrix lit his guitar on fire.Friar Park by Ravi Shankar
In our culture, we have such respect for musical instruments, they are like part of God," he said. Inmoved by the plight of millions of refugees fleeing into India to escape the war in Bangladesh, Shankar reached out to Harrison to see what they could do to help.
In what Shankar later described as "one of the most moving and intense musical experiences of the century," the pair organized two benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden that included Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and Ringo Starr.
The concert, which spawned an album and a film, raised millions of dollars for UNICEF and inspired other rock benefits, including the Live Aid concert to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia and the Hope For Haiti Now telethon. At the age of 10, he moved to Paris to join the world famous dance troupe of his brother Uday.
Over the next eight years, Shankar traveled with the troupe across Europe, America and Asia, and later credited his early immersion in foreign cultures with making him such an effective ambassador for Indian music.