Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ravi Shanker Sitar Music and Spirituality

Does certain music appeal to spirituality in humans? I don’t know but a lot has been written on it. Ravi Shanker of India is well-known for his Sitar music which some consider spiritual. You listen to his sitar and decide on your own.

“Pandit Ravi Shankar, the sitar legend, recently performed at his twice-postponed 90th Birthday Concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The 91-year-old maestro took to the stage with a walking cane and (relatively) flowing white beard, looking more like the mystic Sri Aurobindo than the young sitarist who introduced Americans to classical Indian music more than 50 years ago. But as soon as the flute and percussion accompaniment kicked in, his fingers started to fly and his sitar began to sing, mesmerizing the musicians and the crowd alike. As he left the stage, the rapturous audience gave him a resounding standing ovation, not just for a magical evening, but also for a mythical career.”

Read the story here.

Update: Some have opined that the Beatles’ music touched human spirits too.

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