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Oliver Craske

The first full biography of Ravi Shankar, India’s most important cultural figure of the past century.

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A Times, Spectator, TLS and BBC Music Magazine Book of the Year

‘Fascinating.’ Guardian

‘Superlative.’ The Times

‘Definitive.’ Observer

As an icon of India, Ravi Shankar ranks not far below Gandhi or the Taj Mahal. He was one of the twentieth century’s most important musicians, the breadth of his impact reflected in those he influenced: George Harrison, John Coltrane, Philip Glass and Yehudi Menuhin, to name a few.

In this first biography of Ravi Shankar, Oliver Craske presents a full portrait of the man and the artist, painting a vivid picture of the public and private faces of a captivating, restless workaholic who lived an intense and extraordinary life across ninety-two years.

‘A masterly chronicle of a life teeming with all-too-human incident but heavenly inspiration.’ The Times

Critic Reviews

A masterly chronicle of a life teeming with all-too-human incident but heavenly inspiration.

The Times
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A definitive, meticulously truthful book, full of discoveries.

BBC Radio 4
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Extraordinary . . . This is a beautiful book, as resplendent as its subject’s music and life.

Washington Post
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It is difficult to imagine how a life of this master musician could be bettered.

Literary Review
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Written with insight and compassion, the book presents the maestro as he was, warts and all.

The Hindu
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Leaves the reader in no doubt as to Shankar’s significance, or his extraordinary life.

Herald Scotland

Oliver Craske is a writer and editor from London. Alongside a career as a book publisher, he has had a longstanding interest in Indian music. He first met Shankar in 1994, worked with him on his autobiography (Raga Mala, 1997) and was encouraged by him to write his full story after his death.

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