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Raga: A Film Journey to the Soul of India (2010)

Ravi Shankar , Baba Ustad Allauddin Khan , Howard Worth  |  G |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ravi Shankar, Baba Ustad Allauddin Khan, Uday Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin, George Harrison
  • Directors: Howard Worth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: East Meets West
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042MFQ92
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Originally released in 1971,
Raga: A Film Journey to the Soul of India documents the life of sitar master Ravi Shankar in the late 1960s and early 1970s, following him on his return to India to revisit his guru, Bengali multi- instrumentalist and composer, Baba Ustad Allauddin Khan. It further explores Shankar s life as a musician and teacher in the United States and Europe, initiating those in the West to the exceptional world that is Indian classical music and culture. Through rare and candid footage shot in both India and the United States, Raga sheds light on Shankar s influences and collaborations, from Allauddin Khan to his famed dancer brother Uday Shankar, to his associations with Western musicians Yehudi Menuhin and George Harrison. Fully narrated by Shankar himself, the film reveals music as the soul of India and of Shankar s life. The premiere DVD release of Raga was taken from a digitally re-mastered 35mm print optimized to modern color range resolution and standard and a fully re-mastered audio soundtrack.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raga November 13, 2010
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This is an incredibly beautiful, informative and moving film. It was originally produced by the Beatles' Apple Corps in the early 1970s, but the visual and audio quality of the DVD is superb. It is only available in the US and having it imported through Amazon to the UK was not cheap, but for anyone devoted to or inquisitive about Indian classical music, this film is priceless. An added bonus are the MP3 tracks based on the DVD which can be downloaded free of charge with every purchase.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous July 26, 2011
By Himat
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Having been fortunate enough to be immersed by music (particularly, classical Indian) from a young age, I have been very lucky in getting to see/hear some gems along the way. This film is certainly one of those. A STUNNING insight into a man that I have nothing but admiration and love for. His soul and spirit are there for all to see - Most strikingly however is his devotion to his art form and utter love for Indian music/culture.

Utterly inspired. Ravi - you are a legend and my guru from afar.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See November 17, 2010
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This is a must see for any Ravi fan and indeed for any fan of yoga, kirtan, or Indian music.
A brief appearance from George Harrison is interesting as an historical point and shows how the sitar made it across into western music.
I would highly recommend this DVD to anyone with an interest in World Music as well as those who would identify with any of the categories above.
Hari Om to the maestro, Ravi Shankar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ravi March 28, 2013
By Bob pen
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Ravi take you thought the sitar and explains the instrument and how it is played in the India world .
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