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Decades into his illustrious career, Ravi Shankar infuses Spirit of India with an hour of sheer spiritual bliss to delight both ears and essence. The heartrending "Raga Bairagi Todi" finds the master exploring his sitar's lower register at length without losing sight of the instrument's emotional expressiveness. The more abstract, cerebral "Raga Gaud Sarang" features a bumblebee-like melody in its fast section, while in the climax of the three-part "Raga Mishra Gara", the fleet interplay of sitar and tabla culminates in a near-psychedelic frenzy.

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A masterpiece of sublime melody

Ravi Shankar takes you through a sublime musical journey here. He starts with the early morning raga "Bairagi Todi" which sets an invocative and serene/humble mood - around 26 minutes of ecstacy. Then he moves on to an evening raga of great aesthetic beauty -- "Gaud Sarang" -- which clearly brings out his total mastery over the instrument. The last piece is a light classical composition in the romantic night raga called "Mishra Gara". "Mishra" means "mixed" and it gives him the ability to mix other ragas into the main theme and thus enhance the overall beauty of the performance. Overall, an excellent album for the lovers of beautiful music.


Born: 07 April 1920 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Genre: World

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Rabindra Shankar Chowdery, aka Ravi Shankar, was born on April 7, 1920, in Varanasi, India, into a well-off orthodox Brahmin family. His father, ShyÆm Shankar, was employed as a diwan (minister) by the Maharajah of Jhalawar. By the age of 13, Ravi Shankar was going along on every tour of his brother Uday Shankar's Compaigne de Danse et Musique Hindou (Company of Hindu Dance and Music). At the All-Bengali Music Conference in December 1934, he met the multi-instrumentalist Allauddin Khan. Precisely...
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Spirit of India, Ravi Shankar
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  • $13.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Asia
  • Released: 01 January 1988

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