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While my sitar gently weeps

How Indian maestro Ravi Shankar's music melded east and west

By Amit Chaudhuri   July 2020

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Ravi Shankar was born to a Bengali family as Robindra Shankar Chowdhury on 7th April 1920 in Banaras, north India. The story of the Bengali is a story of displacement—not just the displacement that came from the partition of the state upon independence in 1947, but also cultural displacement and remaking. Shankar’s life and work is an exemplary product of this history. His father Shyam…

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