Thursday, November 13, 2008
Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan - More Flowers Of India
Fifty years ago, ambassadors Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan initiated us into the arcane mysteries of their nation's centuries-old traditions and one cannot understate the impact the music of India has subsequently had on Western culture. Little more than a decade after the first visits of these great masters to Europe and states, the entire map of Western popular music had been compprehensively redrawn.
By the early Seventies, both Shankar and Khan had been spearheaded, the global musical landscape had altered irrevocably. The folk and protest movement spearheaded by Bob Dylan in the early Sixties may have opened rock's eyes to a world beyond the narrow confines of boy-meets-girl, by India gave it the musical means to address the whole universe.