Pandit Ravi Shankar: A Man And His Music [Bonus CD]
Ravi Shankar, one of the greatest sitar players of all time, introduced Indian music to Western listeners and found innovative ways of using European elements in Indian musical traditions. Shankar's impact as a musician, teacher, composer, and cultural cross-fertilizer is unparalleled - and Ravi Shankar: A Man and His Music explores his ideas and his importance, with interviews, concert footage, and a wealth of exciting and beautiful music.
We see Shankar on the streets of Paris (at one time his adopted city) and hear his thoughts on subtle artistic relationships between India and Europe. We see Shankar on stage, jamming with the drive and intensity that earned him the respect of traditional Indian players and the adoration of Western audiences. The film evokes the sitar master's life of almost constant touring, his brief period of global superstardom in the 1960's, and his successful struggle to redefine his goals after the sitar fad declined.
Ragas meet classical music in the person of violinist Yehudi Menuhin, one of Shankar's most ardent admirers and collaborators. And interviews with former Beatle George Harrison and jazzman Steve Potts dramatize how Shankar's music reverberates powerfully with both rock and jazz. (Other interviews: Mrinal Sen, Jean Pierre Rampal, Zubin Mehta.) The portrait of Ravi Shankar that emerges involves dedication, compassion, and a unique artistry that has indelibly influenced the music of the world. The package also includes a free audio CD: Shankar in the pure, traditional Indian setting of sitar-tabla duet.