Ravi Shankar

Arguably the most widely recognized Indian musician in the world, Ravi Shankar was a sitar player and composer who helped to introduce the music of his country through his enormous catalog of recordings, the soundtracks ... Read more »
Born: 04/07/1920 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, IN

Filmography

Music (31)

Aazaadi 2015 (Movie)

(Music)

Forming Game 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

Taking Woodstock 2009 (Movie)

("Raga Manj Khamaj") (Song)

Partition 2008 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Catch and Release 2007 (Movie)

("Raga Madhuvanti (Gat In Rupak) (7-Beat) (Live)") (Song)

Music and Lyrics 2007 (Movie)

("Ghanashyam") (Song)

Music and Lyrics 2007 (Movie)

("Ghanashyam") (Song Performer)

The Darjeeling Limited 2007 (Movie)

(from the film Pather Panchali) (Music)

Anything Else 2003 (Movie)

("Gat I") (Song)

Anything Else 2003 (Movie)

("Gat I") (Song Performer)

Zakir and His Friends 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

The World of Apu 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

The World of Apu 1995 (Movie)

(Performer)

Natural Born Killers 1994 (Movie)

("The Trembler") (Song)

The Tiger and the Brahmin 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Music

My Girl 1991 (Movie)

("Maru-Bihag") (Song Performer)

Genesis 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Genesis 1988 (Movie)

(Performer)

Nuts 1987 (Movie)

("Sindhi-Bhairavi" (traditional raga)) (Performer)

Gandhi 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Pasi 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

The Concert For Bangla Desh 1971 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Charly 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

Monterey Pop 1968 (Movie)

("Raga Bhimpalasi") (Song Performer)

Chappaqua 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

Chappaqua 1965 (Movie)

original music performer (Original Music)

Aparajito 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

Aparajito 1958 (Movie)

(Performer)

Pather Panchali 1957 (Movie)

(Music)

Pather Panchali 1957 (Movie)

(Performer)

A Chairy Tale 1956 (Movie)

(Music)
Actor (12)

Awake: The Life of Yogananda 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

George Harrison: Living in the Material World 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Reaching Silence 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Song of the Little Road 2003 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Stand and Be Counted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock & Roll 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of Music: A Global Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert For Bangla Desh 1971 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Monterey Pop 1968 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chappaqua 1965 (Movie)

Sun God (Actor)

Menuhin: A Family Portrait (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Arguably the most widely recognized Indian musician in the world, Ravi Shankar was a sitar player and composer who helped to introduce the music of his country through his enormous catalog of recordings, the soundtracks to internationally acclaimed films like Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy" (1955-56, 1959) and through his friendship with Beatle George Harrison. After decades of work in his native land as both a composer and orchestrator for Indian radio, he traveled West to bring sitar music to America and Europe. Extensive touring and recording there introduced him to Harrison, who studied sitar under Shankar in the late 1960s. The Beatles connection allowed Shankar access to some of the biggest cultural events of the decade, including the Monterey International Music Festival and Woodstock Festival, but he preferred composing and lecturing to the spotlight. Shankar would remain in the public eye throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including an Oscar-nominated stint as composer for "Gandhi" (1980), but his role as performer and teacher became his preferred method of disseminating his music to the world. Still active in his ninth decade, his influence was felt on generations of world music performers, as well as through his own children, the pop-jazz singer Norah Jones and sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

Relationships

Norah Jones Song Performer

Daughter
Born March 30, 1979; mother, Sue Jones; Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter

Anoushka Shankar Song

Daughter
Born June 9, 1981; mother, Sukanya Rajan

Milestones

2012

Performed final concert with daughter Anoushka at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, CA

2007

Appeared in drama feature "Hit for Six"

2002

Daughter Norah Jones released Grammy-winning debut album Come Away with Me

2002

Daughter and tour mate Anoushka released book about him titled Bapi: Love of My Life

1999

Awarded India's highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna

1986

Served as a nominated member of the upper chamber of the Parliament of India

1982

Composed music for Richard Attenborough’s epic "Gandhi"; earned Oscar nomination for Best Music, Original Score

1974

Collaborated with Harrison on album Shankar Family and Friends; toured North America

1970

Along with Harrison, featured in director Howard Worth's film "Raga"

1968

Performed at historic Woodstock Festival

1968

Published autobiography My Music, My Life

1967

Performed at the Monterey Pop Festival

1966

Beatle George Harrison traveled to India to study with him

1966

Released critically acclaimed album West Meets East, a collaboration with Yehudi Menuhin

1957

Earned Silver Bear Award from the Berlin International Film Festival for music in Tapan Sinha’s "Kabuliwala"

1955

Composed music for director Satyajit Ray’s acclaimed "Apu Trilogy"

1935

Began studying under legendary musician Allauddin Khan; returned to India

Traveled throughout U.S. in 1930s as a member of brother's dance troupe

Moved to Paris, France at 10 years old

Popular songs include "Vaishnava Janato / Raghupati Taja Ram" and "Bangla Dhun".

Known for such albums as "Chants Of India" and "The Sounds Of India"

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