"It is indeed a great honour to be a part of this festival.”
The centennial exhibition dedicated to Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ravi Shankar @ 100: India’s Global Musician, will see Bengaluru musicians paying tribute to the late Indian maestro.
It is curated by the Indian Music Experience museum (IME) and will feature a tribute concert in the museum’s open-air sound garden.
The concert will take place on Sunday, February 21, 2021, the final day of the exhibition.
Flautist Pravin Godkhindi, vocalist Sangeeta Katti and sitarist Anupama Bhagwat are among the performers to pay tribute to Shankar.
They will all play ragas and compositions created by Pandit Ravi Shankar.
Entry to the concert is open to everyone, and strict Covid-19 protocols will be followed to ensure the safety of the performers and their audience.
The exhibition dedicated to Pandit Ravi Shankar will close on Sunday, February 21, 2021.
However, three of the Indian maestro’s musical instruments will take up permanent residence at the IME.
Manasi Prasad, Museum Director of IME, said:
“We are grateful that three of Pandit Ravi Shankar’s musical instruments, namely his sitar, surbahar and tanpura have been donated to the museum for permanent display at the Hall of Fame, along with his concert attire.
“This gesture endorses our museum’s commitment to deepening the understanding and appreciation of Indian music among young people.
“Pandit Ravi Shankar was a truly international artiste, at the same time firmly rooted in the Hindustani music tradition. We hope that our interpretation of his life will inspire people to engage more deeply in Indian classical music.
“We are excited that people can actually walk into our museum and witness the exhibits on display, first hand.”
“We urge the public not to miss this opportunity to experience the life of the highly decorated Pandit Ravi Shankar.”
The Pandit Ravi Shankar tribute concert
Speaking about the anticipated tribute concert, Prasad said:
“We are thrilled and excited to be recommencing live concerts at the IME!
“After nearly a year of organizing online events and programs, we continue from where we left off pre-pandemic, with tribute concerts to sitar maestro Ravi Shankar.
“While this may be the finale to the exhibition, this is just the start for live concerts at the museum. Music lovers can look forward to a calendar of exciting and interesting music events through the year at the IME.”
Vocalist Sangeeta Katti has also opened up about her performance at the exhibition, as well as her association with Pandit Ravi Shankar.
“Whatever he has composed or presented or performed transcends us to a blissful experience, stays till eternity.
“I was blessed to sing his thumri compositions during the silver jubilee of AIR Bangalore and when he heard me, he blessed me saying, “You are in a proper path with a great Guru Kishoritai and just keep going, learn as maximum as you can and am so happy that you have sung my compositions”.
“I remember this and I feel so lucky and blessed. It is indeed a great honour to be a part of this festival.”
The Ravi Shankar @ 100: India’s Global Musician exhibition launched on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
However, much of the exhibition has taken place online due to the outbreak of Covid-19.