101 Facts About Ravi Shankar

1. Ravi Shankar would then practice for 12 hours a day, sometimes until his fingers bled.

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2. Ravi Shankar became quite successful and was billed as a star dancer in their tours of Europe and the United States.

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3. Ravi Shankar is credited with influencing the jazz recordings of John and Alice Coltrane and the minimalist compositions of Phillip Glass, with whom Shankar collaborated on Passages.

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4. In 1999, Ravi Shankar was awarded the highest civilian honor in India—the Bharat Ratna, or Jewel of India.

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5. In 2001, Ravi Shankar was made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Elizabeth II for his "services to music".

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6. Ravi Shankar had another lovechild in 1981 with Sukanya Rajan whom they named Anoushka Shankar.

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7. Ravi Shankar spoke into the mike: "If you like our tuning so much, I hope you will enjoy the playing more.

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8. Ravi Shankar was nominated by Rajiv Gandhi to the Rajya Sabha and served as a member of Parliament between 1986 and 1992.

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9. Ravi Shankar provided the score for Satyajit Ray's Apu trilogy.

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10. Ravi Shankar started his performing career as a dancer in Uday Shankar's troupe.

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11. Ravi Shankar died on 11 December 2012 at around 16:30 PST after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery.

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12. Ravi Shankar wore a large diamond ring which he said was "manifested" by Sathya Sai Baba.

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13. Ravi Shankar separated from Shastri in 1981 and lived with Jones until 1986.

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14. Ravi Shankar separated from Devi during 1962 and continued a relationship with Kamala Shastri, a dancer, that had begun in the late 1940s.

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15. Ravi Shankar married Allauddin Khan's daughter Annapurna Devi in 1941 and their son, Shubhendra Shankar, was born in 1942.

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16. Ravi Shankar went on to help popularize Shankar and use of Indian instruments in pop music throughout the 1960s.

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17. Ravi Shankar performed in between 25 and 40 concerts every year during the late 1990s.

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18. Ravi Shankar served as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper chamber of the Parliament of India, from 12 May 1986 to 11 May 1992, after being nominated by Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

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19. Ravi Shankar performed in Moscow in 1988, and had first been there to play in 1954.

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20. Ravi Shankar performed at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969, and found he disliked the venue.

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21. Ravi Shankar opened a Western branch of the Kinnara School of Music in Los Angeles, in May 1967, and published an autobiography, My Music, My Life, in 1968.

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22. Ravi Shankar played for smaller audiences and educated them about Indian music, incorporating ragas from the South Indian Carnatic music in his performances, and recorded his first LP album Three Ragas in London, released in 1956.

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23. Ravi Shankar was music director for several Hindi movies including Godaan and Anuradha.

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24. Ravi Shankar began to record music for HMV India and worked as a music director for All India Radio, New Delhi, from February 1949 to January 1956.

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25. Ravi Shankar moved to Mumbai and joined the Indian People's Theatre Association, for whom he composed music for ballets in 1945 and 1946.

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26. Ravi Shankar was sporadically trained by Khan on tour, and Khan offered Shankar training to become a serious musician under the condition that he abandon touring and come to Maihar.

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27. Ravi Shankar continued to perform until the end of his life.

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28. Ravi Shankar gave up dancing in 1938 to study sitar playing under court musician Allauddin Khan.

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29. Ravi Shankar was born to a Bengali Brahmin family in India, and spent his youth touring India and Europe with the dance group of his brother Uday Shankar.

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30. Ravi Shankar was awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna in 1999.

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31. On the birth of Ram, Ravi Shankar had given a statement saying that the Ram temple should be built there, where it was first and the mosque should be made at a distance.

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32. Ravi Shankar says that every religion has three attributes which are customs, symbols and values.

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33. Ravi Shankar is known as Ambassador of Peace in the world and he gives knowledge of non-violence and humanity through the Art of Living Foundation.

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34. Ravi Shankar was born in 1956 and his parents were residents of Tamil Nadu.

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35. Ravi Shankar was nominated for just one Oscar during his career.

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36. Ravi Shankar was the father of the American singer Norah Jones and of the sitarista and conductor Anoushka Shankar.

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37. Ravi Shankar was so offended that he almost never returned, but Baba learned from this and never reacted in the same way again.

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38. Ravi Shankar is famous for playing the sitar, an Indian stringed instrument.

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39. Ravi Shankar was one of the first to bring aspects of traditional Indian music into Europe and American culture in the 1960s.

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40. Ravi Shankar was one of India's most famous musicians.

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41. Ravi Shankar is assistant dean for medical education and professor of medical education, Xavier University School of Medicine, Oranjestad, Aruba; Twitter:.

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42. Ravi Shankar founded the International Association of Human Values in 1997.

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43. Ravi Shankar continued residential study with Allaudin Khan until the days before partition and independence, at which time he became a music director for All India Radio.

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44. From the 1980s on Ravi Shankar explored the possibilities of merging Indian music with electronic synthesizer and emulator technology.

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45. Ravi Shankar composed and performed in a musical theater piece, Ghanashyam, in Britain in 1989 and India in 1991, and collaborated with Phillip Glass on Passages in 1990.

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46. In 1966, Ravi Shankar met and became friends with George Harrison, the guitarist of the Beatles.

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47. Ravi Shankar contributed his composition Rich a la Rakha to jazz drummer Buddy Rich and tabla player Alla Rakha.

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48. In 1949, Ravi Shankar moved to Delhi to accept the director of music post at All-India Radio.

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49. Ravi Shankar married Khan's daughter, Annapurna, in 1941, and they had a son, Shubho, in 1942.

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50. Ravi Shankar quit dancing in 1938 and returned to India to finish his Brahmin initiation, determined to master the sitar.

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51. Ravi Shankar became an accomplished dancer and contemplated making dance his profession.

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52. Ravi Shankar was born April 7, 1920, in Benares, which is considered the holiest of cities in India.

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53. In 1982 Ravi Shankar won great applause for his film score to the Academy Award-winning motion picture Ghandi.

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54. In 1971 Ravi Shankar joined Harrison for two sold-out charity concerts at Madison Square Garden to help the refugees of Bangladesh.

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55. In 1956 Ravi Shankar made his American debut in New York City and was received with critical and public acclaim.

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56. Ravi Shankar died on December 11, 2012, in San Diego, California, at the age of 92.

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57. Ravi Shankar won many awards and honors throughout his career, including 14 honorary degrees, three Grammy Awards and a membership to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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58. In 1954, Ravi Shankar gave a recital in the Soviet Union.

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59. Ravi Shankar went to Maihar, India to study sitar under Khan in 1938.

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60. At the same time, Ravi Shankar was absorbing the musical traditions of the West and attending Parisian schools.

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61. Ravi Shankar lived in Varanasi until the age of 10, when he accompanied his older brother, Uday, to Paris.

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62. Ravi Shankar carried on the affair and had another child with Shastrie, Anoushka, born in 1981.

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63. In 1983, Ravi Shankar was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Score for his work on Gandhi but lost out to John Williams for ET.

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64. Ravi Shankar passed away in December 2012 shortly after having surgery to relieve breathing difficulties in California.

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65. Ravi Shankar died of a heart ailment in USA on 11th Dec2012.

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66. Ravi Shankar was a Member of Parliament from 1986 to 1992.

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67. Ravi Shankar had a child, Norah Jones, in 1979 from Sue Jones, a New Yorker, and was staying with her till 1986.

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68. Ravi Shankar has a large number of Awards, and a few have been mentioned.

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69. Ravi Shankar gave his first public performance along with his teacher, Allauddin Khan in 1939.

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70. Ravi Shankar learned Indian classical music, playing sitar and other instruments through rigorous training and devotion to music.

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71. Ravi Shankar gave up dance and took up music rigorously under the guidance of Khan.

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72. Ravi Shankar continued giving concerts into his 90s, frequently accompanied by Anoushka, who, like her father, specialized in blending Indian and Western traditions.

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73. Ravi Shankar composed the film scores for the Indian director Satyajit Ray's famous Apu trilogy.

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74. In the course of his long career, Ravi Shankar became the world's best-known exponent of Hindustani classical music, performing with India's most-distinguished percussionists and making dozens of successful recordings.

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75. In 1999, Ravi Shankar was awarded the highest civilian honor in India—the Bharat Ratna, or Jewel of India.

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76. In 2001, Ravi Shankar was made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Elizabeth II for his "services to music".

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77. Ravi Shankar is considered one of the top sitar players of the twentieth century.

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78. Ravi Shankar has composed music for a number of films, most notably for Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy and Richard Attenborough's Gandhi.

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79. Ravi Shankar had an affair with a New York concert producer named Sue Jones.

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80. Ravi Shankar married Baba's daughter Annapurna Devi in 1941 and had a son with her.

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81. Ravi Shankar was so offended that he considered leaving Maihar but Baba convinced him to stay back.

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82. In 1935 Uday Ravi Shankar convinced the Maharaja of Maihar to allow the lead musician of his court, Allauddin Khan, to become his group's soloist for a tour of Europe.

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83. At the age of 10, Ravi Shankar went to Paris with the dance group of his brother Uday Shankar.

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84. On 9 December 2012, Ravi Shankar was admitted to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, San Diego, California after complaining of breathing difficulties.

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85. Ravi Shankar performed his final concert, with daughter Anoushka, on 4 November 2012 at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, California.

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86. Ravi Shankar wrote of his hometown, Benares, and his initial encounter with "Ma":.

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87. Ravi Shankar was a Hindu, and a devotee of the Hindu deity, Hanuman.

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88. Ravi Shankar promoted the jugalbandi duet concert style and claims to have introduced new ragas Tilak Shyam, Nat Bhairav and Bairagi.

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89. Ravi Shankar often closed his performances with a piece inspired by the light-classical thumri genre.

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90. Ravi Shankar developed a style distinct from that of his contemporaries and incorporated influences from rhythm practices of Carnatic music.

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91. Ravi Shankar wrote a second autobiography, Raga Mala, with Harrison as editor.

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92. In June 2008, Ravi Shankar played what was billed as his last European concert, but his 2011 tour included dates in the United Kingdom.

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93. Ravi Shankar was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score for his work on the 1982 movie Gandhi.

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94. Ravi Shankar toured and taught for the remainder of the 1970s and the 1980s and released his second concerto, Raga Mala, conducted by Zubin Mehta, in 1981.

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95. In October 1970 Ravi Shankar became chair of the department of Indian music of the California Institute of the Arts after previously teaching at the City College of New York, the University of California, Los Angeles, and being guest lecturer at other colleges and universities, including the Ali Akbar College of Music.

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96. In the late 1960s Ravi Shankar distanced himself from the hippie movement and drug culture: He explained during an interview:.

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97. In 1967, Ravi Shankar performed a well-received set at the Monterey Pop Festival.

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98. Ravi Shankar befriended Richard Bock, founder of World Pacific Records, on his first American tour and recorded most of his albums in the 1950s and 1960s for Bock's label.

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99. Ravi Shankar founded the Kinnara School of Music in Mumbai in 1962.

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100. In 1958, Ravi Shankar participated in the celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the United Nations and UNESCO music festival in Paris.

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101. Ravi Shankar heard about the positive response Khan received and resigned from AIR in 1956 to tour the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States.

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