Ravi Shankar @ 100: Centennial Exhibition and Inaugural Concert
The Indian Music Experience Museum, Bangalore, an institutional affiliate of the GRAMMY Museum®, LA is curating a centennial exhibition (“Ravi Shankar @100: India’s Global Musician”) celebrating the life of renowned sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, with the support of the Ravi Shankar Foundation. The exhibition features his musical instruments, costumes and photographs along with listening stations and interactives, supported by interpretive graphic panels, that chronicle the life and work of the celebrated artiste. A special feature is an ‘experience zone’ with sound design by GRAMMY® award winner Ricky Kej.
The exhibition was inaugurated on Saturday, 7th March at the IME Museum in Bangalore. The inauguration was followed by a concert by Ravi Shankar’s disciple, GRAMMY award winner Vishwamohan Bhatt on the mohan veena, accompanied by tabla maestro Bickram Ghosh.
Manasi Prasad, Museum Director of IME said, “This exhibition furthers our museum’s commitment to deepening the understanding and appreciation of Indian music among young people. Ravi Shankar was a truly international artiste,at the same time 5rmly rooted in the Hindustani music tradition. We hope that our interpretation of his life will inspire people to engage more deeply with Indianclassical music.”
“Ravi Shankar was India’s greatest musical ambassador and a true cultural icon,”said Robert Santelli, Founding Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles and the exhibit’s guest curator. “His music and spirituality profoundly touched millions of people worldwide. It has been a great honor to help tell his story and to work with the Indian Music Experience to create a centennial celebration of his life and work.”
“Ravi Shankar, the peerless musician, put Indian music and our culture on the global map. Achieving that in a non-digital era is no small feat. His music continues to enthral, inspire and touch hearts. He was on stage for all the ten decades of his life performing his last concert just weeks before he left his physical abode. He dedicated his life to peace through music and left a great legacy in both his daughters and disciples. It is heartening to know that IME has given a glimpse into his amazing life and has showcased some collections for people to enjoy”, said Sukanya Shankar, wife of Ravi Shankar and President of The Ravi Shankar Foundation”, said Sukanya Shankar, wife of Ravi Shankar and President of The Ravi Shankar Foundation.
The exhibit continues to be on display at the IME.