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
‘Superlative.’ The Times
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
A masterly chronicle of a life teeming with all-too-human incident but heavenly inspiration.
A definitive, meticulously truthful book, full of discoveries.
Extraordinary . . . This is a beautiful book, as resplendent as its subject’s music and life.
It is difficult to imagine how a life of this master musician could be bettered.
Written with insight and compassion, the book presents the maestro as he was, warts and all.
Leaves the reader in no doubt as to Shankar’s significance, or his extraordinary life.
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