Ten interesting life facts about Pandit Ravi Shankar
- Pandit Ravi Shankar was born on 7th April, 1920 to Shyam Shankar and Hemangini Devi in the city of Varanasi.
- Born as Robindro Shankar Chowdhury, Ravi Shankar started his career as dancer at the age of 10 with his brother Uday Shankar’s dance troupe. He eventually left dance for the love of sitar. His mentor was Allauddin Khan, a court musician.
- He performed publicly for the first time in 1939 in a Jugalbandi (duet) with Ali Akbar Khan and received great applause from the audience.
- Shankar became a composer after he completed the study in 1944. He made music for Apu Trilogy. In 1949 until 1956, he was appointed as the music director for All India Radio in New Delhi.
- It was during the 50’s that he became famous in the world of music outside India. He performed in Soviet Union (1953) and the West (1956).
- He was invited to perform at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, the year he bagged a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance for West Meets East, in collaboration with Yehudi Menuhin.
- ‘Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra’ was one of his most brilliant works which he composed in 1970 after being invited by the London Symphony Orchestra.
- He created a new raga called Mohankauns as a dedication to Mahatma Gandhi due to the similarity of the raga with Madhukauns
- Pandit Ravi shankar was part of the Parliament from 1986 to 1992 when he was nominated by late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to Rajya Sabha.
- Pandit Ravi shankar was nominated for an Oscar for the soundtrack of the movie Gandhi starring Ben Kingsley.
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