Northern Spy Records is releasing In Hollywood, 1971, a new record by Ravi Shankar presented across 2 LPs, for Record Store Day 2016. Profits from this release benefit The Ravi Shankar Foundation, which serves to educate the world about Indian classical music and to preserve the archive of Ravi Shankar.
Pandit Ravi Shankar was a sitar master and pioneer; widely credited with popularizing sitar and Indian classical music in the West. Through his association with George Harrison, he also popularized the benefit concert with Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. Earlier that same year, Ravi Shankar performed a morning concert in his home on Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California with Harrison in attendance. As Ravi’s wife, Sukanya Shankar, attests in her amazing liner notes [for press release: I’ve included below – please don’t reproduce them entirely in a post], this concert most certainly sowed the seed for the overwhelmingly successful Concert for Bangladesh.
These four Ragas are beautifully recorded, and they sound phenomenal after tape transfer, audio restoration, and mastering by Barry Phillips.
ARTIST: Ravi Shankar
TITLE: In Hollywood, 1971
STREET DATE: April 16th, 2016 Record Store Day
CATALOG #: NS 073
FORMAT: Double LP in Gatefold Jacket
PARTICIPANTS: Ravi Shankar (Sitar), Alla Rakha (Tabla), Kamala Chakravarty (Tanpura)
Recorded live June 12, 1971 in Hollywood, California. Private concert at the home of Ravi Shankar on Highland Avenue.
Music Producer: Shyama Priya
Executive Producer: Shyama Priya, Cat Celebrezze
Cover Photograph: Claudia Andujar
Inside Photographs: Henry Diltz
Liner Notes:: Written by Sukanya Shankar
For more than 80 years, Ravi Shankar performed, taught, composed, and toured for the world stage. It was through this tireless dedication that he sought to bring the beautiful art and language of Indian Classical Music to the world and to promote peace through music, education and performance. With Ravi’s passing in 2012, the Ravi Shankar Foundation carries on this, his most important legacy. Established in 1997, the Ravi Shankar Foundation’s objectives are three-fold: educational initiatives to increase awareness of Indian Classical Music and the Gurukal system of learning; preservation efforts to archive and preserve the vast works of Ravi Shankar; and a dedication to East-West world music collaboration projects, in order to support core artistic creativity and freedom.
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