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Focus on: Ravi Shankar

Monterey Pop

This 60s festival documentary captures some brilliant performances, not least Ravi Shankar.

Image from Monterey Pop

USA 1968
Dir DA Pennebaker
78min
Digital

In a music festival documentary filled with legendary artists such as The Who and Jimi Hendrix, it’s Ravi Shankar who steals the show. Accompanied on tabla by Usted Alla Rakha, and assisted on tanpura by Kamala Chakravarty, Shankar gives a standout performance that offers a snapshot in time, when Indian music was gaining huge momentum and popularity in the US and the wider western world. The audience response is still a wonder to behold!


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