year end blue

Without music, life would be a mistake!
(Nietzsche)

ever has this German philosopher’s words rang true like this year end! Year end’s blues! I’m spending most of my time listening to Ravi Shankar’s ragas… the co-operation between sitar (Indian guitar), tabla (Indian percussion), surbahar (Indian bass guitar) and few other instruments… Splendid! Let listen to Ravi Shankar in this East meets West – Ragas in Minor scale (cowork with Philip Glass – Passages album – 1990)

Ragas in Minor scale - Ravi Shankar 

Unlike Western conventional music, Indian traditional music does not base on harmony and chord, but rather bases directly on melody & rythm as the rawest elements. While the songs might sound a bit exotic to me, it’s truer and nearer to my nature of vibration (compared to the now everywhere-spreading comtemporary pieces).

About some of Ravi Shankar’s works:

  • Extensive music for films and ballets in India, Canada, Europe, and the United States.

  • 14 honorary doctorates, 3 Grammy awards, and various national awards.

  • Candidate for Peace Nobel Prize.

  • 3 children – 3 famous artists: Shubhendra Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, and Norah Jones (Shankar).

The man’s music brought him to the position described as human being of the highest class!

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