Sunday, April 14, 2013

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Ravi Shankar has been an international celebrity since the 1960s, due in part to his performances at American music festivals and his association with the Beatles (particularly George Harrison). Certainly the most well-known sitar player, Shankar has dedicated himself to keeping alive the traditions of Indian classical music.
Shankar here teams up with sarod musician Ali Akbar Khan. Three ragas are performed by the duo, accompanied by tamboura and tablas. In simple terms, a raga is a pattern of notes used as a basis for improvisation. The trance-like improvisations of Shankar and Akbar Khan are subtle yet powerful. The music climaxes and subsides in waves, and the two musicians create an intricate instrumental conversation. Employing a wide modal palette and a dynamic, intense rhythmical confluence, these two masters take the listener on a journey through the soul of India.

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