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ravi shankar


Indian Cultural Personality

Pandit Ravi Shankar is an internationally known
Indian sitar maestro. As an exponent of Indian music and incomparable Sitarist, Pandit Ravi Shankar enjoys
great popularity all over the world.
Pandit Ravi Shankar received training in sitar from Ustad Alaudin Khan.
The first Indian to compose music for foreign films, he has made a notable contribution in popularising Indian music
abroad. He opened Kiunara school of music in Los Angeless in 1967.
He wrote and conducted orchestral music for ballet,
set to Nehru's 'Discovery of India' and the 'Festival of India' music with top musicians of Europe and America. During
1949-55 he served as the Director of Mussic, All India Radio.
Pandit Ravi Shankar has received a number of
prestigious awards and honours, both national and international. International Music Vensco Award, Silver
Bear and Venice Festival Award, Magsaysayy award are some of them. In 1976, he was elected a fellow of the Sangeet Natak
Academy and in 1962 and 1980 was the recipient of Presidential Awards. He was also awarded Bharat Ratna. The government
of India honoured him by nominating to Rajya Sabha in 1986. In 1999, he received the International prize for film and
media music in Germany. His autobiography "My Life and My Music" is an extremely revealing document of his musical


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