Friday, December 14, 2012

Left Side of the Aisle #86 - Part 7

RIP: Ravi Shankar

I just had to mention this quickly:

Pandit Ravi Shankar, the best known contemporary Indian musician, one of the great musicians of the world, who among many other things won three Grammies, worked with both the Beatles and Philip Glass, recorded with classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin, and brought 400,000 people to their feet at Woodstock, died December 11 in San Diego, Calif. He was 92.

He had performed as recently as November 4 - but the stress of recovery from recent heart valve replacement surgery was too much.

He will be missed.

The video below is not from Woodstock; unfortunately I couldn't find a good video of that performance online. I do remember the rain, however. Anyway, the video is from Monterey Pop, which was two years earlier, in 1967. In a way, this may be a better one anyhow since this is the performance through which most of us got to know of Ravi Shankar and since (unlike Woodstock) it took place in the daytime you can see the audience reaction.


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