Quotes And Senior Disciples
Shankar has brought me a precious gift. Through him I have added a new
dimension to my experience of music - one which belongs to all great music,
including our own, but which, along with so much that should remain inspired
and intuitive, is blueprinted out of our world.
Shankar was already established as a Master of Indian classical
music when, as a young man, he began a series of collaborations
with musicians who were his peers in the world of West
classical music. The violinist Yehudi Menuhin and the flautist
Jean Pierre Rampal were two of his early collaborators
and both remained close to him throughout their lives;
and there were countless others, myself included. Ravi
was, perhaps unknowingly, setting the stage for a monumental
change in what would be perceived as the basis and range
of a new, global art. I had the great fortune to work as
his aslant in Paris in the early 1960’s.
He was scoring a film (Chappaqua by Conrad Rooks), and I found
that even by then he already had a practical knowledge of Western
instruments. And, though I was in charge of transcribing his
music into Western notation for French chamber orchestra that
had been assembled, the actual orchestration was completely
by Ravi himself.However, its is important to note that though
he borrowed freely from Western classical art music, for Ravi
the encounters that he provoked between the musical East
and West would be a two - way street. He gave to those who
were fortunate to meet and work with him much more than he
took. To be in Ravi’s presence in those years (and
even now, for that matter) was to be in the presence of a
master teacher. He is constantly and joyfully sharing his
knowledge of his own tradition.Those were the birth years
of what is now known as World Music… though I don’t remember anyone in the
60’s calling that. And I state without hesitation or
exaggeration that he was the Godfather, the Mother and the
Father of that movement.
Foreword from the new edtion of My Music, My Life.
Meeting Guruji for the first time in 2004 to work on the Sanmelan Project at Dartington Hall and subsequently being involved with his new compositions has been the highlight of my musical life. Guruji has added a whole new dimension to my music-making, and I feel his influence every time I perform. More.
and many others
Sanjay Sharma is Ravi Shankar's official instrument maker - Rikhi Ram's Music, Delhi.