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Bringing to life the groundbreaking artistic vision of Ravi Shankar, one of the most influential musicians of all time
Bringing to life the groundbreaking artistic vision of Ravi Shankar, one of the most influential musicians of all time
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Ravi Shankar’s final artistic vision is to create the world’s first East-West opera, joyfully uniting the music of both hemispheres in an entertaining, uplifting work that also communicates the elements of Indian spirituality that were so important to him. It will unite the power of music, sound and vision in a groundbreaking combination.

The great Ravi Shankar passed away in December 2012 http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/dec/12/my-hero-ravi-shankar-amit-chaudhuri . I had been working closely with him for almost a decade.

Our focus turned to the Opera Sukanya immediately after the world premiere of his Symphony in 2010.

Ravi Shankar Symphony, released 2012. "Performed by the London Philharmonic under David Murphy, its a resounding triumph" 5 STARS Andy Gill, The Independent
Ravi Shankar Symphony, released 2012. "Performed by the London Philharmonic under David Murphy, its a resounding triumph" 5 STARS Andy Gill, The Independent

Ideas for the opera had been germinating in Ravi Shankar's mind since 1995, and reached a peak from 2010 onwards. Knowing that his time was limited Ravi worked incredibly fast, his musical mind gushing white hot streams of creative ideas. Sadly, he did not survive the medical intervention he needed in December 2012, and realising this could be the case, he left very clear instructions for the completion of the work. There is a wonderful team in place putting everything together from these instructions: this includes his daughter Anoushka Shankar, the author Amit Chaudhuri, myself, and his wife Sukanya Shankar. 

What will the world’s first East-West Opera sound like? Here is a glimpse...a few seconds from 1) the very first rehearsal with piano (April 2014)

and 2) a "vocal percussion" rehearsal

Imagine these voices with an orchestra of Indian and Western Instruments, dancers, and the amazing visual work of 59 Productions   ....and you will begin to have an idea of our artistic goal.

We would love you to share in this journey to realise Raviji's dream. We have set a baseline amount in this campaign - the more we can exceed this the closer we will get to fully realising the final artistic vision of one of the most important creative artists of all time, and a truly remarkable human being.

To find out more about Ravi Shankar's remarkable life see:

www.ravishankar.org

www.eastmeetswestmusic.com

Risks and challenges

Ravi Shankar's musical vision for Sukanya encompasses musically uncharted territory. How will the critics respond to Western opera singers singing Indian ragas? How will people respond to the vibrant language of Indian percussion on the opera stage?

Everybody will be out of their artistic comfort zone in this project, but all of the team are world leaders in their respective fields. We believe this combination of talent, coupled with Raviji's vision will create a major landmark in the history of world music.

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    A good karma thank you tweet sent to all 11,000 plus followers of @ravishankaropera!

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    All of the above rewards, plus a BOUND COPY of the opening section of the opera SIGNED by David Murphy and including the acknowledgement page from the score, which will include YOUR NAME or the name of a LOVED ONE

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    All of the above rewards, plus EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF THE OPERA: invitation to meet the cast and musicians at one of the following showcases featuring highlights from Act 1 of the opera: ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT GARDEN on July 14th 2014 at 7.pm (including a reception) or NORWICH ARTS CENTRE (September 24th 7.30pm) or the CURVE, Leicester (October 1st 7.30pm) Pledge early to secure an invitation to the London showcase

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    EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW and all other rewards above, plus a LIMITED EDITION bound copy of the score to the Overture of the opera, SIGNED BY Sukanya Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, Amit Chaudhuri and David Murphy

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    EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW and all other rewards (see above) plus a LIMITED EDITION bound copy of the overture and COMPLETE vocal score of the opera, SIGNED BY Sukanya Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, Amit Chaudhuri and David Murphy

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    The above, plus have David Murphy come to your workplace (contribution to travel and accommodation if necessary appreciated) and give a 2 hour workshop for you and your colleagues. Using music as a metaphor; creatively explore leadership and teamwork!

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    The above (apart from orchestrating success workshop) plus a SITAR LESSON in London with ANOUSHKA SHANKAR

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    All of the above rewards (apart from orchestrating success workshop and sitar lesson with Anoushka Shankar) plus a one-day CONDUCTING COURSE "Great Conducting 101" with David Murphy (for 1 - 8 people) in London

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    The above (apart from orchestrating success workshop, conducting intensive and sitar lesson with Anoushka Shankar) plus a MEAL FOR FOUR in London, Delhi or California cooked by RAVI SHANKAR'S FAVOURITE COOK - Sukanya Shankar

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