That Which Colours The Mind - Ravi Shankar

That Which Colours The Mind
"Any player on any instrument, with any ears, would be deeply moved by Ravi Shankar. If you love music, it would be impossible not to be."David Crosby. Few in the West had even heard of the sitar before Ravi Shankar began touring Europe and America in the fifties and early sixties. Introduced to Shankar's music by Roger McGuinn at an Acid-fuelled party in Benedict Canyon, the Beatles quickly became disciples. The sitar would influence Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the Benares-born master would be propelled to international star-dom.

For all this fame, and his many successful collaborations with western musicians, Shankar's classicism would not be compromised. That Which Colours the Mind finds Ravi Shankar in magisterial form. A beautiful bouquet of sound and rhythm, and profoundly psychedelic. The five centrepiece tracks of this edition were produced by George Avakian in 1957, whilst the remainder (which feature Ravi and Ali Akbar Khan) are culled from UNESCO's historic Anthology of Indian Classical Music which first appeared in the mid-fifties.
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Raga Abhogi / Raga Des / Tabla Solo – Jhaptal / Sitar Todi / Thumri / Le Mode Ahiri-Lalita / Sitar, Sarode Et Tabla - Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, Chatur Lal / Le Mode Sindhi-Bhairavi - Ali Akbar Khan
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Psychedelic Music of India
Both regarded as absolute masters in their homeland Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Ustad Vilayat Khan, exact contemporaries and sarod and sitar players respectively are in India spoken of with the same reverence that is usually reserved for Ravi Shankar. Of course both are familiar to students of the genre of Indian classical music in the west (Vilayat Khan is known for his famous score to the merchant-ivory film "The Guru") but the commercial potential of their incredible art is only now beginning to be realised. Like Shankar, their work is hypnotic and spellbinding realised by flawless technique through a lifetime of devotion to their music. Our Price: £9.95

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