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On what would have been renowned sitar player and Beatles inspiration Ravi Shankar’s 95th birthday, the Grammy Museum recently announce it will debut its latest exhibit, “Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music”, on Wednesday, April 29. The exhibit will mark the first in the United States to celebrate India’s most esteemed musician.Through a collection of sitars, artifacts and rare photographs from the Shankar family, the exhibit will provide visitors with a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the Grammy-winning world music icon’s early life, the roots of his musicality and his vast impact on Western music.
“Shankar is as synonymous to world music as Elvis Presley is to rock and roll,” said Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli.
On display on the museum’s fourth floor, the exhibit will feature a collection of sitars played by Shankar, including one from the 1930s, Shankar’s Grammy Awards, including the 1972 Album Of The Year trophy for The Concert For Bangladesh, performance attire, including outfits worn at Woodstock in 1969 and the Concert for Bangladesh, the performance box from Shankar’s final concert in 2012, rare photographs from the Shankar family collection, handwritten letters and music ideas and more.
“The upcoming Ravi Shankar exhibition will be a privileged glimpse into a life dedicated to, and consumed by, Indian classical music, not only played on sitar, but through all forms of instruments, voice and dance,” said Olivia Harrison, wife of the late Beatles member George Harrison.
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