Ravi Shankar Nine Decades 1967-1968 Vol. 1 LP
East Meets West Music’s inaugural release, Nine Decades — Vol.1, is the first
in a multi-volume series that will feature rare and never before released
recordings, handpicked by the legendary Ravi Shankar from his vast archive.
With live performances and studio recordings pivotal to his development as an
artist and reflective of unique times and places, the Nine Decades series will
provide fresh insights on a career spanning 70-plus years and offer a direct
bridge between the artist himself and his listeners. “Raga Gangeshwari,” the
centerpiece of volume one, takes listeners to an outdoor concert at a temple on
the banks of the Ganges in 1968. Though recorded with one hand-held microphone,
“Raga Gangeshwari” is representative of the archive’s many treasures which the
artist describes as, “not recorded with sophisticated audio equipment and yet
they exhibit the power of life in live performance that has a value beyond any
technological shortcomings.” The intimate quality of the recording and virtuosic
playing allows listeners to experience a page from the artist’s diary circa
1968. Performed with Kamala Chakravarty on tanpura and the great Ustad Allah
Rakha on tabla. East Meets West Music is the official recording label of the
Ravi Shankar Foundation.
"Ravi Shankar is the godfather of world music." — George Harrison
"One of my great heroes." — Eric Clapton
"The greatest musician of India." — Zubin Mehta
• Vinyl LP
Ravi Shankar, sitar
Kamala Chakravarty, tanpura
Ustad Alla Rakha, tabla
1. Raga Gangeshwari 1968
2. East Meets West Circa 1967
3. Durga Suktam & Mahishasura Mardini Stotram
Track 1 recorded live on the banks of the Ganges River outside Allahabad, India,
Track 2 recorded in 1967.
Track 3 recorded live, 1968.