Owing to the centenary of the legendary musician Ravi Shankar, numerous activities and tribute concerts have been scheduled around the world. In this session Oliver Craske and Guillermo Rodríguez will take part, who have maintained a close bond with the great master for the last two decades and will tell us about his long life, work and impressive legacy.
Ravi Shankar (1920 – 2012) is considered the best sitarist of all time and “godfather” of World Music as an indefatigable musical bridge between East and West. Although he was already recognized as one of the great classical musicians in India since the 1940s, He was world wide acclamated in the 1960s, when he came into contact with George Harrison and Western culture and performed at the Monterey and Woodstock festivals and in the Bangladeshi concert that he promoted with the ex-Beatle.
Ravi Shankar composed ragas, concerts, and film scores and created a passion among Western audiences for Indian classical music that has made him a legend in music.
Presentation hosted by :
Rafael Bueno, Politics, Society and Educational Programme Director of Casa Asia
Sanjay Verma, Embassador for India in Spain
Guillermo Rodríguez, Director of Casa de la India, Valladolid
Oliver Craske, author of Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar
Oliver Craske is a writer and editor from London, and the author of Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar, the first biography of India’s maestro, which is newly published by Faber & Faber. Alongside a career as a book publisher, he has had a longstanding interest in India and its music. He first met Ravi Shankar in 1994, worked with him on his autobiography (Raga Mala) and was encouraged by him to write his full story after his death.
Guillermo Rodríguez has a PhD in English Philology from the University of Valladolid and the University of Kerala in Southern India, where he lived as a researcher for seven years. In 2012 he received the “Friendship Award” from the Government of India for his contribution to cultural relations between both countries countries. As an author, he has published essays and monographic studies on Indian literature, aesthetics, and culture, including When Mirrors Are Windows. A View of A.K. Ramanujan’s Poetics (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Journeys. A Poet’s Diary (Penguin Random House, 2019).
Language of the webcast: English.
At the end of the webcast, at 9.00pm a concert by Ravi Shankar Quartet will be streamed on Casa de la India’s Facebook Account.
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