Posted on by Rick Wallach
Ravi Shankar died yesterday in San Diego at 92 following recent heart surgery, and just a few weeks since his final concert on November 4. This is an immeasurable loss that transcends purely musical considerations. Let’s also remember him as a great philanthropist and as the founder of the concept of the charitable music festival. Shankar was the motivating force between the first of them, which was the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. If one recalls that Bangladesh is a primarily Muslim nation and that Shankar’s humanity and kindness rendered moot the simmering hostilities between Muslim and Hindu to make the show possible, it was an even more impressive accomplishment than it seems after the passage of forty years.
Oh that is such a nice tribute Rick…I’ve been thinking about Ravi and how much his music and influence changed my life…in so many ways. You just pointed out things that gave me pause this morning and I’m saving what you wrote.
Dead at 92? I had no idea he’d been around so long. I guess it’s because his music always seemed young. It’s good he got to be here this long and had time to contribute so much. Cause for not mourning but thanksgiving!
I watched the George Harrison bio LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD the other night. Ravi Shanker was featured in the movie so I got to watch him and listen to him play. I remember where I was when I first heard Ravi way back in the 1960s. Had my own pad that I shared with friends and someone on a more spiritual path than I brought over some of his music for us to listen to. We lit up the incense and got in the groove.
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