Ravi Shankar (April 17, 1920 – December 11, 2012), Indian sitar virtuoso and composer.
At 10 years old Ravi Shankar joined his older brother’s touring dance troupe but gave it up in 1937 to dedicate himself wholeheartedly to the sitar. His compositions incorporated Western influences, gaining the attention of George Harrison, Philip Glass, and John Coltrane (who named his son Ravi after Mr. Shankar). He performed at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and the charity Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. Mr. Shankar gained many accolades throughout his life, including a lifetime achievement Grammy award. His daughters are also musicians: sitarist Anoushka Shankar and singer Norah Jones.
“If I’ve accomplished anything in these past 30 years,” Mr. Shankar said in 1985, “it’s that I have been able to open the door to our music in the West. I enjoy seeing other Indian musicians — old and young — coming to Europe and America and having some success. I’m happy to have contributed to that.”
Thanks for the music Ravi, and may it continue to expand our musical consciousness.
See the time-lapse carving video here.
Cucurbita Umbra, a shadowy pumpkin spirit. This 14-inch sculpture made from polymer clay, pigment, and shellac will be on display and available for purchase at the “Art of the Pumpkin” exhibit, part of the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Opens this Friday Oct. 5 and runs through November 11.
This piece is available for purchase, the price is $2,000. Contact me at email@example.com if interested.
Visit The Invisible Underground to see more of my fruit & vegetable sculpture work.
The 46th BFF drawing is done. It’s a combination of Alicia and friend Kelley.
The 45th BFF drawing is done. It’s a combination of Fred and his friend Kathryn.
The 44th BFF drawing is done. It’s a combination of Matthew and his friend Yasmin.
“You Will Be Rescued,”
the debut album by my band Odds of Survival,
is now available as a digital download from bandcamp.
It is also available on iTunes.
We greatly appreciate all the people who made our Kickstarter campaign such a great success, and we’re very excited to finally release this music out into the world. I hope you enjoy it.
The 43rd BFF drawing is done. It’s a combination of Jessica and her friend Brad.