Indian Sun: Highlights of the Ravi Shankar Archives

Part of Shankar 100

This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Explore the life and legacy of a global musical icon through the lens of family archives.

Ravi Shankar’s career spanned decades, continents, art forms and musical genres. Perhaps best known to UK audiences as the man who taught sitar to the Beatles’ George Harrison, he was a sitar master, composer, innovator and peacemaker, and his influence still reverberates today.

For this display, Shankar’s biographer Oliver Craske selects rare archive pieces to highlight key moments from an extraordinary life – from Shankar’s childhood touring Europe with his brother’s dance troupe to his United Nations collaboration with Yehudi Menuhin, and his final work, the opera Sukanya, composed in honour of his wife.

The display also features archive film footage and a growing installation of paper flowers created as part of the Shankar 100 centenary celebrations.

Dates & times

- 21 Jun 2020
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where

Royal Festival Hall
Archive Studio, Level 2

Pricing

Free

need to know

Event information
Make a marigold to add to the installation at free drop-in workshops on Saturday 4 and Tuesday 7 April.

The opening hours of the Archive Studio are 10am – 11pm daily.