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Concert for Ravi Shankar at CCNY, April 24

Sitarist Ravi Shankar performing
Sitarist Ravi Shankar performing.

CCNY Libraries presents The Concert for Ravi Shankar on Tuesday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m at The City College of New York. The concert, to be held in Shepard Hall, Room 95, celebrates the life and work of iconic sitarist Ravi Shankar.

Shankar (1920-2012) taught at City College in the fall of 1967, and most recently, CCNY Music Librarian Michael Crowley and the Ravi Shankar Foundation with the support of the Grammy Foundation and East Meets West Music completed the digitization of Shankar’s CCNY lecture recording. During the concert, Crowley will briefly showcase highlights from these rare, unreleased recordings.

“In the lectures, Shankar explains the origins of North Indian classical music as well as the music theory behind it; he leads the students in singing exercises and teaches them devotional songs,” said Crowley. “There are also some remarkable musical demonstrations by sarodist Aashish Khan, tabla-player Alla Rakha as well as a performance with Shankar on sitar.”

A performance of North Indian classical music will be given by sitarist Ikhlaq Hussain. For more information about Ravi Shankar at CCNY, please visit The digitized recordings and scanned course documents are now accessible at the CCNY Archives and Special Collections on campus.

The digitization process was made possible by funding from the Ravi Shankar Foundation, the East Meets West Music Label and the Grammy Foundation with the work facilitated by CCNY Libraries and Steve Addabbo, transfer engineer at Shelter Island Sound.

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Ashley Arocho
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