Ravi introduced the world to Indian music in the 60’s including, most famously, The Beatles.
Check out a snippet of an interview hosted by Tom and revisit the performance in our archives.
Read a beautiful dedication from Tom Schnabel on the Rhythm Planet blog.
Here is a remembrance from MBE Producer Ariana Morgenstern about Ravi, as the first artist ever interviewed in MBE:
“In those early days, it was hard to get well-known musicians to come by a college radio station. but little by little we got in some great artists.
Ravi Shankar, we met several times and liked each other immediately. I was in my early 20′s. Once, he came by and I noticed this opulent diamond ring. I couldn’t avoid it and asked him about it. He told me his guru had given it to him as a gift. He materialized it out of nothing, sheer will. That seemed unlikely to me but he said that was true. he invited me to his show that night at Royce Hall. after a stunning concert, I went to the meet and greet. As the doors opened, I saw a long line of friends, fans waiting to kiss his bare feet and have a chat. He turned toward the door saw me and left his place and came to greet me. I couldn’t believe what was happening. Years later, when Tom went to interview him at his house, Tom returned with a note for me.”