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With stunning new photographs and a new final chapter detailing Ravi Shankar’s hope for the preservation of Indian classical music, this updated edition of My Music, My Life profiles an extraordinary man. In his own words, Shankar describes his transformation from a young traveling dancer to a Grammy Award-winning, internationally known musician. An autobiography, a histor With stunning new photographs and a new final chapter detailing Ravi Shankar’s hope for the preservation of Indian classical music, this updated edition of My Music, My Life profiles an extraordinary man. In his own words, Shankar describes his transformation from a young traveling dancer to a Grammy Award-winning, internationally known musician. An autobiography, a history of Indian classical music, and a manual on how to play the sitar, this book is about music as a both a lifestyle and an art. It embodies Ravi Shankar’s unique approach to his craft.


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With stunning new photographs and a new final chapter detailing Ravi Shankar’s hope for the preservation of Indian classical music, this updated edition of My Music, My Life profiles an extraordinary man. In his own words, Shankar describes his transformation from a young traveling dancer to a Grammy Award-winning, internationally known musician. An autobiography, a histor With stunning new photographs and a new final chapter detailing Ravi Shankar’s hope for the preservation of Indian classical music, this updated edition of My Music, My Life profiles an extraordinary man. In his own words, Shankar describes his transformation from a young traveling dancer to a Grammy Award-winning, internationally known musician. An autobiography, a history of Indian classical music, and a manual on how to play the sitar, this book is about music as a both a lifestyle and an art. It embodies Ravi Shankar’s unique approach to his craft.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Sachin Prabhu

    Love every aspect of this book! Always wanted to know more about Pandit Ravi Shankar ji and the musical journey. The book has 4 parts where Ravi ji takes us through history of Indian classical music, music theory, Instruments of Indian Music and how they evolved over time. He explains with great detail history of hindustani and carnatic music, gurus who are revered in both tradition. It was truly beautiful to know about his guru the legendary 'Allauddin Khan' whom he dearly refers to as 'baba' m Love every aspect of this book! Always wanted to know more about Pandit Ravi Shankar ji and the musical journey. The book has 4 parts where Ravi ji takes us through history of Indian classical music, music theory, Instruments of Indian Music and how they evolved over time. He explains with great detail history of hindustani and carnatic music, gurus who are revered in both tradition. It was truly beautiful to know about his guru the legendary 'Allauddin Khan' whom he dearly refers to as 'baba' meaning father, who indeed took care of him like a father. It's heartwarming and inspiring to know the struggles of pandit ravishankar ji in early years, the curiosity with which he approached any art-form not just music, how he always wanted to study more, his respect for various traditions and musicians throughout the world. Ravi ji was a great teacher- a guru revered all over the world who united east and west with his music, he was a great student first who had a great discipline, practiced and respected art to highest degree and taught his students the same. The final chapter for the book is everything about sitar and music for anyone who wants to get started with sitar. It has details regarding basics of sitar, how to take care of instrument and other technical aspects of music. Love it with all my heart! I started reading this book on centenary birthday celebration of ravi ji and enjoyed every aspect of this book so much just blissful as his music. The amount of sacrifice he made, the contribution he made to Indian classical music and world music is staggering which will be revered for ages to come. I offer my deepest gratitude and salutations to wonderful teacher.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steve Roman

    Half of the book covers Shankar's life while the other half is a general instruction for the sitar. It's an interesting read, but I was most interested, and bought the book for, the sitar instruction. I think that it's gonna take a while to absorb and probably another few trips through the pages. Good stuff if you're looking for background on the music of the sitar

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aruna

    Part primer on Hindustani music and part auto-biography, I am now more awestruck by Pandit Ravi Shankar's true devotion to Hindustani music. He led an incredible life, and sacrificed so much for the love of music.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cobertizo

    Completo, ágil y emocionante recorrido por los vericuetos de la vida del mayor difusor de música indostaní del mundo. Si bien es cierto que la intención de Ravi Shankar no es ceñirse a ningún sector de lectores en particular, el resultado tiende a enfocarse decididamente hacia el público occidental no formado en la cultura musical clásica de la India. Pese a todo, su lectura es trepidante e instructiva, especialmente en lo que concierne a la contextualización del raga: "Cuando empiezo a tocar un Completo, ágil y emocionante recorrido por los vericuetos de la vida del mayor difusor de música indostaní del mundo. Si bien es cierto que la intención de Ravi Shankar no es ceñirse a ningún sector de lectores en particular, el resultado tiende a enfocarse decididamente hacia el público occidental no formado en la cultura musical clásica de la India. Pese a todo, su lectura es trepidante e instructiva, especialmente en lo que concierne a la contextualización del raga: "Cuando empiezo a tocar un raga, lo primero que hago es cerrar el mundo a mi alrededor e intento entrar en mi yo profundo. Eso empieza incluso cuando me estoy concentrando en la minuciosa afinación del sitar y sus tarafs (cuerdas simpáticas). Cuando, gracias al control y a la concentración, he conseguido separarme del mundo externo, entro en el el umbral de raga con sentimientos de humildad, revencia y temor reverencial. Para mí, un raga es como un ser vivo, y para establecer esta unidad íntima entre música y músico, uno debe proceder lentamente. Cuando se alcanza esa unicidad, es el hecho más euforizante y extático, como las supremas alturas del acto del amor o de la adoración. Es entonces cuando soy consciente del poder y el cosmos que atrapa la creación"

  5. 5 out of 5

    Salah Shuvro

    wish

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    Great sitar exercises at the end. One complaint: the typeface on this edition is VERY small! My middle-aged eyes struggled.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alex Bainter

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    Bapin Rout

  9. 5 out of 5

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    Shanta

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    Isaac Kandlhoft

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    Thomas

  13. 4 out of 5

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Lanning

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sanjay Prasad

  16. 4 out of 5

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    Mike Uhland

  18. 5 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

    Ritika

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    Md Salauddin

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Trent Cunningham

  29. 5 out of 5

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