In the present world, youngsters are interested in parties with Pop music, Rock, Jazz and of course DJ. But if there is any live music concert of Indian Classical music, the auditorium hall would be full. This is because the Classical music has its own effect and it directly touches the hearts. There are few who have contributed a lot to the India Classical music. One of them is Pandit Ravi Shankar.
He is one of the most known contemporary Indian Classical musicians. Ravi Shankar was born on 7th April, 1920. His birth name is Robindro Shuankor Chwodhary. He started his career at the age of 6 performing solo dance in the Carnegie Hall, USA in 1938.
It is his sheer hard work and practice of the instrument that has gave him respect all over the world. He plays Sitar. And today he is very well known for his instrument. He learned Sitar under his guru Ustad Allauddin Khan. His musical journey is so fascinating that has made him won many recognitions and awards from all over the world.
Pandit Ravi Shankar has been awarded as Bharat Ratna Awards by the Government of India. This is one of the highest prestigious awards in India. In 1975, he received the music award of the UNESCO International Music Council. Also, he won three Grammy Awards and was nominated for the Academy Award.
He introduced a new style of music from the rhythm practices of Carnatic music. He performs solo beginning with alap, jor and jhala. Ravi Shankar has now been a synonymous for Classical music. He also trained his two daughters Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones in music. Anoushka accompanies him in his concerts while Norah has her own music life.
Shankar has worked with Yehudi Menuhin, George Harrison of the Beatles. In his life, he has performed many live concerts. About Carnegie Hall, Ravi Shankar says:
“I consider myself so fortunate having performed 19 times on this sacred stage during the last many years. The first time was in March 1938 with my eldest brother Uday Shankar’s dance troupe, presented by Sol Hurok. I danced and played sitar along with other instruments, such as sarod, flute and drums, on this stage”.