As a tribute to late sitar maestro, Pandit Ravi Shankar on his 95th birthday, the Grammy museum at Los Angeles, US is hosting an exhibition titled, Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music, that is open to public on April 29. This exhibit, which attempts to provide the visitors a glimpse into Shankar’s early life, is the first in the country to celebrate this Grammy-Award-winning musician.
Pandit Ravi Shankar at a music concert held in Bangalore in 2012. Pic/AFP
The exhibition will feature Shankar’s collection of sitar; including one from the 1930s, his performance attire, like the outfits worn at Woodstock (1969) and the Concert for Bangladesh (1971), the performance box from Shankar’s final concert in 2012, rare photographs from the Shankar family collection, handwritten letters, music ideas, his Grammy trophies, and more.
A day before the exhibition, the museum will host a special evening to celebrate his music with the screening of a short documentary film, followed by a performance by a trio that will comprise Barry Phillips on cello, Lakshay Mohan Gupta on sitar and Aayush Mohan Gupta on sarod.
“Ravi Shankar is as synonymous to World music as Elvis Presley is to Rock and Roll. Through decades of his world concert performances and the relationships he built with Western artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Philip Glass, John Coltrane, and The Beatles, Shankar was instrumental in introducing the world to Indian music,” says Bob Santelli, executive director of the museum.