Shankar makes his sitar sound like a demonic electronic instrument on his score for the British art film Viola. Short, experimental pieces like "Madness" and "Torment" work up to a moody froth.
By Richard Gehr on 12.19.13 in Interviews
Pandit Ravi Shankar's death in December 2012, at age 92, didn't simply quiet Indian classical music's most internationally renowned musician and composer; it also marked the end of one of its longest-running artistic par...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 06.16.11 in Collections
Fathers get a bad rap in pop music— there are a million songs for mothers, as the old joke goes, but the most famous song for dads? "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone." To combat this, we've decided to focus on the musical...
By Richard Gehr on 05.18.11 in Reviews
Ravi Shankar recorded his debut album in London in 1956 during his first European visit as a sitar virtuoso (he'd already toured the world as a dancer), and it's a stone masterpiece of North Indian (or Hindustani...
By Richard Gehr on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Raga shree is one of the oldest, most difficult, and most exciting of all the ragas. Sarod great Ali Akbar Khan and sitar legend Ravi Shankar here make it the foundation for a transcendental cutting session.