‘Raga’ tells tales of Shankar

Dec 28, 2012
The life and music of the late Ravi Shankar are explored in “Raga: A Journey Into the Soul of India.”

Rockland — The documentary “Raga: A Journey Into the Soul of India” will be screened Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Post-film discussion will be led by Bill Halpin and Saskia Huising.

Ravi Shankar (1920-2012) introduced Indian classical music to the West decades before World Music became a popular genre. “Raga: A Journey into the Soul of India,” directed by Howard Worth, documents the life of sitar master Shankar in the late 1960s and early 1970s, following him on his return to India to visit his teacher and guru, Allauddin Khan. The film explores Shankar’s life as a musician and teacher in the United States and Europe, initiating those in the West into the world of Indian classical music and culture.

Through rare footage shot in both India and the United States, “Raga” sheds light on Shankar’s influences and musical collaborations, as well as his associations with Western musicians Yehudi Menuhin and George Harrison. “Raga” reveals music as the heart and soul of both India and Shankar. The local screening is by permission of East Meets West Music, the official recording label of the Ravi Shankar Foundation.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling the library at 594-0310. This evening is one in a continuing Thursday evening series of literary, film and musical offerings sponsored by the library and Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Admission is free.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.


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