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.
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