Indian Sun

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Over eight decades, Ravi Shankar was India’s greatest cultural ambassador who took Indian classical music to the world’s leading concert halls and festivals, charting the map for those who followed. He radically reshaped jazz and Western classical music, as well as writing film scores, including Pather Panchali and Gandhi, and transformed awareness of Indian culture in the process. ‘Indian Sun’ is the first biography of Ravi Shankar. Benefitting from unprecedented access to family archives, Oliver Craske paints a vivid picture of a captivating, restless workaholic, who lived a passionate and extraordinary life – from his childhood in his brother’s dance troupe, through intensive study of the sitar, to his revival of the national music scene; and from the 1950s, a pioneering international career that ultimately made his name synonymous with India.

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A Times, Spectator, TLS and BBC Music Magazine Book of the Year

‘Fascinating.’ Guardian

‘Superlative.’ The Times

‘Definitive.’ Observer

As an icon of India, Ravi Shankar ranks not far below Gandhi or the Taj Mahal. He was one of the twentieth century’s most important musicians, the breadth of his impact reflected in those he influenced: George Harrison, John Coltrane, Philip Glass and Yehudi Menuhin, to name a few.

In this first biography of Ravi Shankar, Oliver Craske presents a full portrait of the man and the artist, painting a vivid picture of the public and private faces of a captivating, restless workaholic who lived an intense and extraordinary life across ninety-two years.

‘A masterly chronicle of a life teeming with all-too-human incident but heavenly inspiration.’ The Times

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Weight 0.53 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 3.7 cm
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Paperback

Pages

528

Language

English

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Dewey

787.82 (edition:23)

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General – Trade / Code: K