FELLOWSHIP AWARD

RAVI SHANKAR

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar is a legendary musician whose career as a composer, teacher, performer and writer commands admiration and respect from around the world. As a pioneer of bringing Indian music to the notice of the West he has arguably done more for Indian music than any other musician. Over his nine decades, Ravi Shankar has inspired millions of people, reaching out across the generations. His innate musicianship is evident through his composition. He has written and worked with and for some of the world’s most noted musicians of the 20th century. From performing at the iconic Woodstock Festival in 1969 to collaborating with Yehudi Menuhin, flute virtuoso Jean Pierre Rampal, Phillip Glass and close friend George Harrison, Ravi Shankar is seen by many as the world’s ‘Ambassador of Music.’ Founding his own record label – ‘East Meets West Music’ at the age of 90, Ravi Shankar has received awards and honours from his own country and from all over the world. He is the recipient of 14 doctorates, two Grammy's, the Bharat Ratna, the Fukuoka Grand Prize from Japan, the Polar Music Prize of 1998, and the Crystal award from Davos, with the title 'Global Ambassador', to name a few. In 1986 Ravi Shankar was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha, India's upper house of Parliament.

Praise for Ravi Shankar

"Ravi Shankar has brought me a precious gift and through him I have added a new dimension to my experience of music. To me, his genius and his humanity can only be compared to that of Mozart"

Yehudi Menuhin

"Ravi Shankar is the Godfather of World Music.

George Harrison

 

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