Pandit Ravi Shankar was a sitar player and musician. Ravi Shankar is counted among the famous musicians of the world. He has a special contribution in introducing Indian classical music to the western world. His achievement in music can be gauged from the fact that he is a 5-time Grammy Award winner.
|Pandit Ravi (Ravinder Shankar Chaudhary
|7 April 1920, Banaras
|Annapurna Devi (Roshanara Khan) Sukanya Rajan
|Shubendra Shankar (Mother: Annapurna Devi) Norah Jones (Mother: Sue Jones) Anushka Shankar (Mother: Sukanya Rajan)
|My Life, My Music (1969) Raaga Mala (1999)
|5 times Grammy Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Bharat Ratna
|December 11, 2012 (age 92) San Diego
Pandit Ravi Shankar was born on April 7, 1920 in Banaras. Hemangini Devi and Shyam Shankar Chaudhary were his parents. His father was originally from Jessore district, East Bengal (now Bangladesh). Shyam Shankar Chaudhary was a lawyer and politician. Besides, he was also the Diwan of Rajasthan.
Ravi Shankar’s childhood name was Rabindra Shankar Chaudhary, which he later changed to Ravi Shankar. Ravi Shankar received his early musical education from his elder brother Uday Shankar. Uday Shankar was a choreographer/dancer. Before learning sitar, Ravi was a dancer. He was a part of his brother’s dance group since the age of 10. Pandit Ravi Shankar started learning sitar from Ustad Alauddin Khan. For this he went to Maihar. He first married his guru’s daughter Annapurna Devi. Ravi Shankar and Annapurna separated after 20 years.
Pandit Ravi Shankar demonstrated his sitar playing in the country and abroad. During this time he shared the stage with many internationally renowned artists. He performed with legendary artists like George Harrison of the famous music group The Beatles, composer Philip Glass, composer Zubin Mehta, Ustad Alla Rakha, etc.
His fame in America can be gauged from the fact that Ravi Shankar, Harrison, and members of the touring band received an invitation to visit the White House at the invitation of John Gardner Ford, son of US President Gerald Ford.
Pandit Ravi Shankar was decorated with many awards and honors at national and international level. Based on the information received from Wikipedia, he was honored with many decorations which include Bharat Ratna and Grammy Award.
Honors given by the Government of India
- Bharat Ratna (1999)
- Padma Vibhushan (1981)
- Padma Bhushan (1967)
- Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1962)
- Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (1975)
- Kalidas Samman from the Government of Madhya Pradesh (1987–88)
Other government and academic honors
- Ramon Magsaysay Award (1992)
- Commander of the Legion of Honor of France (2000)
- Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) (2001) for “services to music”
- Honorary degrees from universities in India and the United States.
- Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
- Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Melbourne, Australia (2010)
- Fellowship from the John D. Rockefeller Third Fund in 1964
- 1957 Silver Bear Exceptional Award of the Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival (for composing music for the film Kabuliwala)
- UNESCO International Music Council (1975)
- Fukuoka Asian Culture Award (1991)
- Imperial Premium for Music from the Japan Art Association (1997)
- Polar Music Award (1998)
- five grammy awards
- 1967: Best Chamber Music Performance – West Meets East (with Yehudi Menuhin)
- 1973: Album of the Year – The Concert for Bangladesh (with George Harrison)
- 2002: Best World Music Album – Full Circle: Carnegie Hall 2000
- 2013: Best World Music Album – The Living Room Sessions
- Received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards
- Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for Gandhi with George Fenton.
- Posthumous nomination at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards for his album “The Living Room Sessions Part 2”.
- First recipient of the Tagore Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cultural harmony and universal values (2013; posthumous)
What did Pandit Ravi Shankar play?
Who was the guru of Pandit Ravi Shankar?
When did Pandit Ravi Shankar get Bharat Ratna?
Bharat Ratna Award List
|Bharat Ratna 1954
|Activist, statesman, and lawyer
|India’s first Vice-President and second President
|C. V. Raman
|Physicists, mathematicians, and scientists
|Bharat Ratna 1955
|Activist, philosopher, and educationist
|Civil engineer, statesman, and Diwan of Mysore
|Activist and author served as the Prime Minister of India
|Bharat Ratna 1957
|Govind Ballabh Pant
|Activist and first Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
|Bharat Ratna 1958
|Dhondo Keshav Karve
|Social reformer and educator
|Bharat Ratna 1961
|Bidhan Chandra Roy
|Physician, political leader, philanthropist, educationist, and social worker
|Purushottam Das Tandon
|Activist and speaker of the United Provinces Legislative Assembly
|Bharat Ratna 1962
|Activist, lawyer, statesman, and scholar
|Bharat Ratna 1963
|Activist, economist, and education philosopher served as a Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University and the Governor of Bihar
|Pandurang Vaman Kane
|Indologist and Sanskrit scholar, known for his five-volume literary work
|Bharat Ratna 1966
|Lal Bahadur Shastri
|Activist and served as the second Prime Minister of India
|Bharat Ratna 1971
|First women Prime Minister of India
|Bharat Ratna 1975
|V. V. Giri
|Bharat Ratna 1976
|Independence activist and statesman, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
|Bharat Ratna 1980
|Catholic nun and the founder of the Missionaries of Charity.
|Activist, social reformer, and a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi
|Bharat Ratna 1987
|Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
|First noncitizen, independence activist
|Bharat Ratna 1988
|M. G. Ramachandran
|Actor turned politician, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
|Bharat Ratna 1990
|Social reformer and leader of the Dalits
|Leader of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa, President of South Africa
|Bharat Ratna 1991
|Gandhi was the ninth Prime Minister of India serving from 1984 to 1989.
|Activist and first Deputy Prime Minister of India
|Activist, and Prime Minister of India
|Bharat Ratna 1992
|Abul Kalam Azad
|Activist and first Minister of education
|J. R. D. Tata
|Industrialist, philanthropist, and aviation pioneer
|Director, filmmaker, writer, novelist
|Bharat Ratna 1997
|Activist, and interim Prime Minister of India.
|Aruna Asaf Ali
|A.P.J Abdul Kalam
|Aerospace and defense scientist
|Bharat Ratna 1998
|M. S. Subbulakshmi
|Carnatic classical vocalist
|Activist and former Minister of Agriculture of India
|Bharat Ratna 1999
|Activist, and social reformer
|Musician, sitar player
|Bharat Ratna 2001
|Hindustani classical shehnai player
|Bharat Ratna 2009
|Hindustani classical vocalist
|Bharat Ratna 2014
|C. N. R. Rao
|Chemist and professor, author
|Bharat Ratna 2015
|Madan Mohan Malaviya
|Scholar and educational reformer.
|Atal Bihari Bajpayee
|Elected nine times to the Lok Sabha, twice to the Rajya Sabha, and served as the Prime Minister of India for three terms.
|Bharat Ratna 2019
|Indian politician, and senior leader in the Indian National Congress.
|A social activist from India, education, health, and rural self-reliance.
|Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, singer, poet, and filmmaker from Assam.
To Read This Article In Hindi- https://hindi.ultranewstv.com/personality/pandit-ravi-shankar/