CELEBRATING PANDIT RAVI SHANKAR ON THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF HIS PASSING.
Its December 11th, 2013. I have been trying to sit before my computer and write but without success.
I’m finding every excuse under the sun not to write this tribute to Pandit Ravi Shankar on his first death anniversary. He was so much more than just his physical body and I always feel his presence around me when I think of him or even when I don’t think of him..
And so I choose the easier road instead - starting to talk to others about Pandit ji and what they thought of him, what he and his music meant to them. It has been a wonderful journey so far, because I end up hearing warm memories of Pandit ji’s genius, his warmth, his kindness and thoughtfulness. And then they mention this brilliant performance, that magical raga coming out of his fingers and I run to pull out the very raga from my collection or look for it online. He re-enters my home and my heart through the beauty of his work. And his work carries his essence.
I begin this tribute with an interview with Pandit Jasraj but not before sharing one of my favorite lines by Peggy Taylor Milin:
“I was on a train on a rainy day…I became intent on watching the raindrops on the window. Two separate Drops, pushed by the wind, merged in to one for a moment and then divided again-each carrying with it a part of the other. Simply by that momentary touching, neither was what it had been before. And as each one went on to touch other raindrops, it shared not only itself but what it had gleaned from the other…I realized then that we never touch people so lightly that we do not leave a trace…"
Ravi Ji was one of those who left his mark across this planet and in our hearts. I’m grateful to have been a small part of his journey, which continues through Sukanya Shankar’s love and sharing of this great man to a world audience. It also continues through Anoushka’s music, and the music played by Ravi ji's many students across generations, continents and cultures.
- Kaveta A. Chhibber.
KavitaChhibber.com commemorates Pandit Ravi Shankar's legacy with special articles and interviews paying tribute to the musical legend, icon and cultural ambassador.