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Full Circle/Carnegie Hall 2000 Live, Original recording remastered

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In 1938, 17-year-old Ravi Shankar made his first appearance at New York's famed Carnegie Hall as a dancer and musician in his brother Uday's troupe. After 62 years and countless performances and recordings later, the preeminent sitarist and composer could still wow a New York audience, now with his 19-year-old daughter and protégée Anoushka in tow. These performances of the nighttime raga "Kaushi Kanhara" and the light, romantic "Mishra Gara" indeed make for an evening to remember. Listening to Full Circle is a reminder of Shankar's many compositional innovations. While this is a classical recording, the master introduces elements from outside the Hindustani (i.e., North Indian) tradition--especially his widespread use of harmony in a style that, historically, is completely based on complex interplays of melody and rhythm. His unusual use of two tablas (played here deftly by Bikram Ghosh and Tanmoy Bose) builds additional excitement. And the sheer melodic inventiveness that he displays in these two ragas would be stunning from a performer half his age. Throughout, the honeyed tone and gentle spirit that pervade all of Shankar's recordings, classical or experimental, shine through brilliantly. Kudos to Angel's engineers, too, on making a remarkably full and bright recording that captures all the energy of this live concert. --Anastasia Tsioulcas

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  2. Raga Kaushi Kanhara: Alap-Jor-Jhala (Live)19:02Album Only
  3. Raga Kaushi Kanhara: Gat In Dhamar (Live)10:04Album Only
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  5. Raga Mishra Gara: Aochar/Slow Gat & Fast Gat In Teental (Live)30:16Album Only

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  • Audio CD (March 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Angel
  • ASIN: B00005AKIG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on January 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Ravi Shankar has played Carnegie Hall numerous times but on this recording it is 62 years after his first performance, hence the title "Full Circle." His lovely daughter, a fine sitar player in her own right, San Diegan Anoushka Shankar, accompanies the master for some memorable playing. To the novice Western ears that are unacustomed to the sitar, the disc begins as though they are tuning their instruments! With a pick here and a lingering note there, the classical Indian music is both a mixture of Eastern mysticism and high energy music that sizzles. All the compositions are by the master sitar player Ravi Shankar and he demosnstrates why he is considered the best at what he does, even at his age(81) he has the dexterity and and stamina to breathe life into the guitar like instrument with incredible intensity. By the time the tablas join in the playing, the group has "warmed up" and the call and response between Ravi and daughter is nothing short of incredible. The complex classical music is explained in full detail in the accompanying insert. The two ragas are broken down into several movements within, allowing for the improvisational skills to play within the discipline of the raga. It was great to revisit the soothing yet exhilirating sounds of Ravi Shankar again and I recommend this disc to old and new fans alike. Try this disc for a trip into the soul of Ravi Shankar as he demonstrates the essence and purity of Eastern music. As explained in the informative booklet, Ravi has achieved Karmasu kausalam or " the purity of purpose, the humble intuitive pursuit of perfection." This is blissfully, joyful music that symblolizes the gifted life of Ravi come full circle, as he passes the torch to his daughter, Anoushka, for a new generation of Shankar music. If you like world music, this has a niche in your musical library, file it under good karma.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"Because I improvise completely (of course observing all the complex discipline of the raga and tala forms) I feel constrained performing for an audience with the knowledge that it is being recorded for a DC. But luckily this time it worked!" -Ravi Shankar

This was my introduction to Ravi Shankar, the famous sitar player born in Benares, India in 1920. He was the first Indian instrumentalist to attain an international reputation.

It is interesting to note that in 1962 he founded the Kinnara School of Music in Bombay. In 1965, George Harrison of the Beatles studied sitar with Shankar, and Beatle recordings began featuring Harrison playing the sitar.

"Ravi, because of his upbringing and living in Paris and traveling in Europe, could relate to all the musicians, theater people and painters he met in the West. It also made him willing to persevere to reach a mass audience, and led to the future role he would have in really bringing world music to the West." -George Harrison (1943-2001)

As a youth, Shankar was a solo dancer who performed with his brother Uday's Indian dance troupe in Paris. He later married Ustad Allauddin Khan's daugher, Annapurna. His own daughter "Anoushka Shankar (1981-), who studied with her father, is also a virtuoso sitarist." See B00000DCI0 for an album by this artist. Here, she joins her father at Carnegie Hall where he first performed as a musician and dancer in 1938. The same year he became a pupil of the great Indian instrumentalist Ustad Allauddin Khan.

Among Shankar's many musical compositions are the scores for the motion pictures Pather Panchali (1954) and Apu Trilogy. He has also collaborated with musicians like Zubin Mehta and with composer Philip Glass in their electronic recording "Passages (1990).
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Pundit Ravi Shankar comes from a family of Artists, like singers, dancers, actors etc.
Every one knows his famous Brother Uday Shankar, a great dancer.
Being Aries, he was a charismatic figure, with so many talents and skill in several arts.
He joined his brother performing Classical Dance all around the world.
He, soon gave up dancing and took interest in Sitar. Rest is history.

He was a good composer and created several tunes for movies. He had close relationship with
The late Satyajit Ray. Pundit Ji also worked for AIR (All India Radio) for some time, in Delhi.
But soon lost interest being a music Director.
He had close association with the famous Violinist Maestro Yahudi Menihin, the Beatles and specially Geroge Harrison. He travelled all over the spreading Love and harmony and Sitar.
He also had a short stint in Politics and served as a Rajya Sabha Member. (Upper Chamber
Of the Parliament)
The Pundit was awarded Bharat Ratna, Indian highest Civilian honour.

Pundit Ravi Shankar was born on 7th April 1920 In India and died in December 11th, 2012
in San Diego, California, United States of America, at the age of 92.

His daughter Anouska Ravi Shankar A famous Sitarist, carries his vision and his love and plays Sitar. Listen to her and also listen to Nora Jones, who's a great Pianist.

This composition was performed in year 2000 at Carnegie Hall, New York, United States of America.
Listen to it. Or listen to all his compositions and I assure you, that you'd love it.
Thank you AMAZON.
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