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Indian Sun

The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar

Oliver Craske

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Souvenir Press
02 June 2020
Music; Individual composers & musicians, bands & groups; Biography: arts & entertainment
'...a beautiful book, as resplendent as its subject's music and life.' - Washington Post 'Superlative biography... revelatory detail... a masterly chronicle of a life' - The Times 'He wears his expertise lightly and his passion on his sleeve; a winning combination for a definitive work' - The Observer 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. Renowned for his association with The Beatles - teaching George Harrison sitar - Shankar turning the Sixties generation on to Indian music, astonishing the crowds at Woodstock, Monterey Pop and the Concert for Bangladesh with his virtuosity. 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.
By:   Oliver Craske
Imprint:   Souvenir Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 39mm
Weight:   1.037kg
ISBN:   9780571350858
ISBN 10:   0571350852
Pages:   672
Publication Date:   02 June 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alongside a career as a publisher of books on music and art, Oliver Craske has pursued a longstanding interest in Indian music, and was appointed to work with Ravi Shankar as the ghostwriter of his autobiography Raga Mala (1997), carrying out over 30 hours of interviews, and forming a close bond for the last eighteen years of his life. Shankar encouraged him to write his full story after his death. He is curatorial consultant to London's Southbank Centre for their exhibition on Ravi Shankar, which will run from January to June 2020. He has visited India frequently over the past two decades, and is a student of North Indian classical vocal music under Chandrima Misra at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London.

Reviews for Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar

The first biography to be written about Shankar, pieced together by dozens of interviews with the man himself, as well as hundreds with his family and friends. Craske brings an intimate, expert reading of Shankar's music, as well as revelatory access to create the definitive portrait of his context within modern culture. -- Guardian


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