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From East to West: Indian Classical Influences on Western Rock

Ravi Shankar & the Beatles

Hannah Seibel

on 7 February 2013

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Transcript of From East to West: Indian Classical Influences on Western Rock

Ravi Shankar Born 7 April 1920 Varanasi, India From East to West: Indian Classical Influences on Western Rock Los Angeles, CA Liverpool, UK Performer, Composer, Teacher Died 11 December 2012 Brooklyn, NYC Paris, France Works Cited Chaudhuri, Amit. "Indian Classical Music, the Beatles and the Blues." The
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"Raga Khamaj - Ravi Shankar and Andre Previn"
"Heart Full Of Soul - Sitar Version"
"See My Friends - The Kinks"
"Indian Classical and Western Fusion"
"Kadri Gopalnath - Saxophone - Sadhinchane"
"Ravi Shankar and George Harrison - Sitar Lesson"
"The Beatles 'Love You Too'" The Beatles Acknowledgements We would like to thank our instructor, Dr. Beth Szczepanski, for the opportunity to research and present this topic, as well as the students of MUS-105: Intro to World Music for their time and attention. Daron Dean, Taylor Kreider, Remy Neymarc, & Hannah M. Seibel
MUS-105: Intro to World Music, Lewis & Clark College London, UK Portland, OR Maihar, India Mumbai, India New Delhi, India Indian
Classical Music's Influence
on the West 1960s = Westerners turn to the East in search of spiritual enlightenment THE SITAR --> "RAGA ROCK"
- The Yardbirds, the Kinks, the Beatles...basically all the cool kids did it 1950s = jazz takes on modal system over chord progressions George Harrison learned to play sitar from Shankar, became lifelong friends Sitar can be heard in a few of the Beatles songs Toured with Company of Hindu Dance and Music, his older brother's dance crew. "I keenly listened to our music and observed the reaction of audiences on hearing it. This critical analysis helped me to decide what we should give to Western audiences to make them really respect and appreciate Indian music." Guru
Khan Developed self through eclectic use of multiple cultures

"Popularizer but never compromiser" (Bynum, The New Yorker)

"Total individual commitment, dedication, and mastery joined with a collaborative generosity and a beginner's open mind" (The New Yorker) Ravi Shankar The Beatles Influenced popularity of Indian classical music, specifically Ravi Aka: Baba. 1862-1972 Indian People's Theatre
Association 1944-1946 Composed music for ballets. Music Director of All Indian Radio until 1956
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