Raga (1971)

Genres - Music  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Instrumental Music, Music History, Religions & Belief Systems  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This documentary of the life of virtuoso sitarist Ravi Shankar helped satisfy the extraordinary curiosity this magnetic performer had aroused by successfully introducing classical Indian music to Western audiences. Classical Indian music, with its complex melodic development and unfamiliar rhythms, was (and is) quite a challenge for Westerners to master. This documentary enters into Shankar's daily life, his practice, his religion, and his devotion to his musical and spiritual gurus, and shows much of the spirit behind the music. Shankar is also seen giving music instruction to American and Indian students, which is a painless way for viewers to learn some lessons as well. Among the performances shown is a concert with classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin.

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India (subcontinent), musician, sitar, world-music, virtuoso, devotion [dedication], East Indian, guru, music-scene, classical-music, concert-footage, music-teacher, rhythm, violinist