Pt. Ravi Shankar Presents His First Western Symphony In LondonJuly 3rd, 2010 - 2:19 pm ICT by Sampurn Wire
July 3, 2010 (Sampurn Wire): Indian sitar maestro Pt Ravi Shankar has presented his first ever symphony for a Western symphony orchestra, which is said to be his most ambitious work. It was performed by his daughter Anoushka Shankar and the London Philharmonic at the Royal Albert Hall, in London.
Written in Indian notation in 2010, the symphony has been interpreted by David Murphy, his student and conductor. The symphony is mostly inspired by the Indian classical music.
Shankar said, “I have transferred the spirit of the traditional Indian instruments to the Western instruments.”
Earlier, the sitar maestro collaborated with some western musicians like composer Philip Glass, jazz saxophonist and flutist Bud Shank, George Harrison of The Beatles’ and the Sitar and Violin duet with ace violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
This symphony by Ravishankar was totally different from conventional ones. It was just not a set narrative rather a weave through a “very abstract’ structure. Different melodic modes and ragas that dominate the Indian classical music scene are the base of the symphony.
– Sampurn Wire
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