Monday, 13 January 2020

RAVI SHANKAR CENTENNIAL CONCERTS TO FEATURE DHANI HARRISON

Indian sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar (1920-2012) will be commemorated with a series of concerts in May to celebrate 100 years since his birth on April 7, 1920. The Ravi Shankar Centennial Concerts will feature family members Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar as well as special guest artists Philip Glass, Dhani Harrison (son of George Harrison), and an orchestra of Shankar’s disciples performing at several venues across the globe (see the concert listings below for which guest artists will appear at each show).

The Ravi Shankar Centennial Concerts will be presented at San Diego Civic Theatre (San Diego: May 16, a fundraiser for Shankar Foundation), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles: May 19), Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Chicago: May 22), Carnegie Hall (New York: May 29) and Southbank Centre (Shankar 100 Series, London, U.K.: January-November 2020). A centenary concert in New Delhi, India, in November 2020 will be announced soon.

The Ravi Shankar Centennial Concerts includes the following disciples: Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Mohan veena), Tarun Bhattacharya (santoor), Kartik Seshadri (sitar, only U.S.A.), Partho Sarothy (sarod), Shubhendra Rao (sitar), Gaurav Mazumdar (sitar), Barry Phillips (cello), Sanjeev Shankar (shehnai), Ashwani Shankar (shehnai), Ravichandra Kulur (flute), Bickram Ghosh (tabla), Tanmoy Bose (tabla), Pratik Shrivastava (sarod), Pirashanna Thevarajah (mridangam, ghatam, morsing), B.C. Manjunath (mridangam), Kenji Ota (tanpura), and Nick Able (tanpura).




To celebrate the centennial of Ravi Shankar, author Oliver Craske will release a biography, Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar (Faber Books, April 2020). Additional centenary releases will be announced in 2020.

CONCERT LISTINGS
Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar will perform at Southbank Centre (April 7) and Walt Disney Concert Hall (May 19); Anoushka also performs at San Diego Civic Theatre (May 16), Chicago Symphony Orchestra (May 22), and Carnegie Hall (May 29). Philip Glass to perform at Carnegie Hall (May 29), and Dhani Harrison will perform at San Diego Civic Theatre (May 16) and Walt Disney Concert Hall (May 19).

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