Last Updated: 01 Apr, 2023 | Views: 584
Other Profession(s): Sitarist, Composer
Famous For: Indian sitar player and composer
Net Worth: $2 Million
Ravi Shankar was a well-known sitarist and composer from India. In the 1920s, he became the world's greatest exponent of North Indian classical music and inspired many musicians in India and around the world. After spending his first decade in Benares, Shankar traveled to Paris with his brother, choreographer Uday Shankar, at the age of ten. He became a member of the group at the age of 13, joined its members on tour, and learned to dance and play multiple Indian instruments.
In 1938 – Shankar left his dancing profession to learn Indian classical music as Khan's student in Maihar, where he lived with his family in the traditional gurukul institution.
In 1939 – His first public performance was a "jugalbandi" (duet) with sarod player Ali Akbar Khan.
In 1955 – Menuhin invited Shankar to perform in New York City for a Ford Foundation-sponsored concert of Indian classical music.
In 1958 – Shankar attended the United Nations' 10th-anniversary celebrations and the UNESCO musical event in Paris.
In 1971 – He participated in Madison Square Garden in New York for the Concert for Bangladesh.
Achievements and Awards
In 1967 – He was awarded Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian award.
In 1981 – Shankar received Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award.
In 1999 – Shankar was honored with Bharat Ratna.
Shankar composed the music for the song “Sare Jahan Se Achha.”` It was written in 1904 by Muhammad Iqbal and had a lengthier tune till Shankar was asked to modify it in 1945.
Rajiv Gandhi nominated Shankar to the Rajya Sabha, and he worked in Parliament from 1986 and 1992.