Ravi Shankar: Concert for World Peace
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The Concert For World Peace was recorded November 9, 1993 at The Royal Albert Hall in London, England. I've had the dvd about a week, and have already watched it several times.
The first raga begins with Ravi Shankar on the sitar, and the two women who play the "background drone instruments", Punita Gupta on the treble tanpura, and Gauri Bapat on bass tanpura. Ravi begins slowly, playing and plucking, almost as if tuning the sitar. He even reaches up a couple of times to adjust the tuning keys. After a few minutes, as the tempo picks up, and Ravi's playing becomes more fluid, sarodist Partho Sarathy begins to play. The sarod is much smaller than the sitar, and is held and played, more like a guitar. As the tempo becomes even faster, Zakir Hussain joins in on tabla, and the raga builds to a climax.
It's amazing how Ravi conducts the music, mostly by just looking at the other players, sometimes nodding his head, or using a certain facial expression.
The second raga, begins with all musicians joining in, and has more improvisation than the first.Read more ›
To me his entire assemblage was nothing short of watching BLISS translated through their instruments. A joy to see such perfection!!!
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Terrific performance by two brilliant artists of our generation. You'll want to watch it over and over again. Money well spent!Published on July 4, 2013 by Raj
having seen the genius of ravi shankar unleashed upon a spell ridden crowd, (see Monterey pop, and others), the ensuing energy released causes an instant sense of unity, and a... Read morePublished on August 2, 2009 by Steven D. Brown
This DVD is great. It's old, but still very nice to watch and enjoy.Published on January 17, 2008 by Khalil U. Naim
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