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Ravi Shankar interviewed for Artbeat

Title
Ravi Shankar interviewed for Artbeat
Genre
Interview
TX Date
31 Mar 1990
Year of production
1990
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Duration
00:19:58
Description
Musician and spiritualist Ravi Shankar is interviewed for Artbeat to (roughly) coincide with the forthcoming gala concert celebrating his 70th birthday at the Albert Hall. He talks about fellow musicians Yehudi Menuhin, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Alla Rakha; Western and Eastern music, especially that of India; early dance aspirations; his first encounter with his guru Ustad Allauddin Khan, who first introduced him to music. He explains apprenticing as a musician, improvisation, and the workings of Indian music, as well as its spiritual roots. He talks about The Beatles, drug use, and George Harrison becoming his student and how this spread Eastern music to the West. He speaks at length about sitar tuning and playing, and musical theory. Interviewer is Lesley Judd.
Contributors
Ravi Shankar; Lesley Judd; Crown FM
Keywords
Musicians; Music; Apprenticeship; Musical performances; Spiritualism; Birthdays; George Harrison; The Beatles; Musicology; Indians; Ravi Shankar; Indian classical music; Yehudi Menuhin; Jean-Pierre Rampal; Alla Rakja

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