On this very day in music, we lost a legend. Ravi Shankar, often referred to by the title Pandit, was an Indian musician and composer who played the sitar. He was best described to be one of the best contemporary Indian artists of all times.
Shankar was born in Varanasi and spent his entire childhood touring Europe and India with the dance group of his brother Uday Shankar. He gave up dancing in 1938 to study sitar playing under court musician Allauddin Khan. After finishing his studies in 1944, Shankar worked as a composer, creating the music for the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray, and was music director of All India Radio, New Delhi, from 1949 to 1956.
In 1956, he began to tour Europe and the Americas playing Indian classical music and increased its popularity there in the 1960s through teaching, performance, and his association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and rock artist George Harrison of the Beatles. Shankar engaged in Western music by writing concerti for sitar and orchestra and toured the world in the 1970s and 1980s. From 1986 to 1992 he served as a nominated member of Rajya Sabha, the upper chamber of the Parliament of India. Shankar was also awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1999, and received three Grammy Awards. He continued to perform in the 2000s, sometimes with his younger daughter, Anoushka. He was posthumously awarded two Grammy awards in 2013, one for lifetime achievement, and another for The Living Room Sessions Part 1 in the world music category.
Here are top 5 songs by Ravi Shankar.
1. Tabla-Tabla Tarang
2. Raga Jog
3. Tana Mana
4. Ragas in Minor Scale
5. Shanti Mantra