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Ravi Shankar In Portrait: Between Two Worlds / Live in Concert

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Disc 1 Ravi Shankar Between Two Worlds

The definitive account of India's most celebrated musician follows two years of Ravi Shankar's life filmed in India and America against the backdrop of seven decades of innovative collaboration with Western musicians like George Harrison, John Coltrane and Yehudi Menuhin. Archive footage shows key performances filmed from the 1930s to the present day.

Disc 2 Ravi Shankar live in concert

Ravi Shankar performs two ragas (Raga Anandi Kalyan and Raga Rangeela Piloo) in the atmospheric Union Chapel in London, Summer 2002, with his daughter Anoushka and tabla virtuosi Bikram Ghosh and Tanmoy Bose.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar
  • Directors: Mark Kidel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 181 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MVYV06
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,513 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. Curreri on October 16, 2009
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Disc 1 is great, with Ravi explaining the structure of classical Indian music, his relationship with his students (including his daughter, who performs with him on disc 2) and his school; you'll also meet Mrs. Shankar and see their obviously loving relationship. Disc 2 is the reason you want this. It features two long ragas performed in concert, and they're quite astonishing. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is a personal hang up I have about film directors cutting to extreme close ups of musicians every time they smile or nod. Fortunately, that doesn't happen too often, but there it is. The concert was filmed in a beautiful place and the sound is also wonderful.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Topper on January 31, 2012
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The first disc tells the viewer quite abit about Shankar's early life which was very interesting. It also tells us about the Senia Maihair Gharana, the school of playing that Shankar was educated in. It has some great shots of India. The sound and videography is excellent.

The second disc is concert footage. It is recent and Shankar is quite old. He does not display the same level of virtuosity as he did in the past, but he displays playing of great beauty and taste. I really enjoyed it, but it is not enthralling as a younger musician with reserves of strength and passion would display. If memory serves me correctly, one is a jugalbandi with his daughter.

One of the things that you see with Hindustani music is that the Gharana and the performing musician as the "family business" is really business is jealously protected. The younger musicians are very much promoted by the famous and more established musician. I cannot help but think that the featuring of Anoushka Shankar fits this mold. She is okay and very pleasant to look at, but she does not strike me as a formidable sitar player at this time. It is also fun to have two tabla players playing off each other.

I highly recommend this set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yves Troendle on November 18, 2013
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A big deluxe chocolate-box of Shankar-related goodies: a full-length film/autobiography (you even get to see/hear brother Uday Shankar's dance troupe performing, with teenage Ravi on sitar), a concert of two ragas, with daughter Anouska not doing much but holding a sitar beautifully and smiling warmly on Daddy; Shankar's relaxed and informative lecture on "What Is a Raga", and more, MORE! Glittering stuff. Whether you're seeking an introduction to North Indian classical Music, or you've been into it ever since your hippy youth and fancy yourself a connesseur (albiet with with Western ears), here's a double-disk to treasure.
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Have been fans since the 60's and are so glad to have him on video
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