Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music

Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music gives visitors a unique look into the GRAMMY-winning world music icon's early life, the roots of his musicality and his vast impact on Western music – most notably, The Beatles.

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  • Apr 29, 2015 Through Apr 12, 2016
  • M-F: 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
    S-S: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Ravi was one of a kind. He meant so much to Eastern and Western music and what they could accomplish together. He influenced musicians and touched the lives of millions all over the world not only with his incredible virtuosity, but with his ability to be so humble in the midst of such adoration.

- Sukanya Shankar, Ravi Shankar's widow

The GRAMMY Museum became the first U.S. museum to celebrate India's most esteemed musician with the April 29, 2015, opening of Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music.

The exhibit tells the story of Shankar's career in chronological order, beginning with the display of a collection of sitars Shankar performed in his formative years, one even dating back to the 1930s. Also on display are a collection of performance attire Shankar wore, including what he referred to as his "dandy" outfit, and an outfit worn by his daughter, Anoushka Shankar, during a performance in the 2000s.

Additional artifacts on display include:

Collection of Sitars

Shankar's collection of sitars spanning his entire career

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Various outfits worn by Shankar

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Performance Items

A recreation of Shankar's stage setup

Archival recordings

Archival video and audio recordings

Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music will be on display through April 2016.