MBE producer Ariana Morgenstern, Ravi and Tom Schnabel by Steve Laufer

Ravi Shankar was the first guest Tom Schnabel (KCRW’s first Music Director) interviewed on Morning Becomes Eclectic, in 1979. He returned to chat with our next music director Chris Douridas and then finally entered our studios for a live performance, with his daughter Anoushka, with host Nic Harcourtin 2002.

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.

Tom Schnabel Talks About Ravi Shankar by KCRW

by Larry Hirshowitz

Ravi Shankar and Anoushka Shankar by Larry Hirshowitz

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.”

Chris Douridas and Ravi Shankar



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  • Must read (and hear) Ravi Shankar remembrance and our Mercury day poem « The Confluence Countdown said:

    [...] on the program, way back in 1979. Schnabel has a must-read (and listen to) remembrance of Shankar right here. It includes this memory from the show’s producer, Ariana Morgenstern: “In those early [...]

  • Benny Thomas said:

    As an Indian, living in Los Angeles, and a proud member of KCRW, I just want to thank you for the attention and love you have given to one of India's and the world's greatest artists. I have to say, I am more of a rock and jazz fan than Hindustani classical, but Pandit Ravi Shankar opened my eyes and ears to the depth and beauty of the tradition.

  • Ishtiaq A Chisti said:

    I recall seeing the great maestro several times in concerts and was always mesmerized by his virtuosity. I deliberately didn't attend his last show in Long Beach because I wanted to remember him as a vibrant, jubilant purveyer of world music at the height of his skills. I will never forget my teenage days listening to bad recordings of his performance at the "Concert for Bangladesh" with George Harrison and other musical luminaries of the day to raise money and conciousness of the world during the bloody birth of that country – the first ever concert for a cause!

  • DonnaV said:

    I heard Ravi Shankar at the Monterery POP Festival in '67 – My first introduction to Indian music. I have never stopped loving the sound. It reverberates and never stops. His music is a gift to the world. A true musical ledgend. Santi Santi

  • Cenzo said:

    Oh my- that's a classic of Tom, Ravi and Ariana!

  • Steph said:

    I was fortunate to do the lighting for his show in Long Beach last month. He was an amazing artist and will be missed.

  • @SindieBeat said:

    I was very fortunate to have seen him numerous times throughout my life; as a teenager, as a young adult and not so long ago. It was a total transcendental experience to see him live! Ravi Shankar really opened my eyes to world music, to Ustaad Khan, and to all the beauty of the Indian culture and all its influence on textiles, art, design, architecture. I am very grateful for the influence he has had in my life…George Harrison and & The Beatles, etc. Rest In Peace Mr. Shankar

  • Zed Null said:

    When Tom was reminiscing about Ravi, he mentioned that Ravi had lost a son some years ago. The sons name was Shubho Shankar, and he died of complications of pneumonia; the alleged problem that caused Ravi's untimely death… besides, old age and congestive heart failure!

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