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Shankar 100

Called 'the godfather of world music' by George Harrison, the influential Indian musician Ravi Shankar was revered in his homeland and credited with bringing the sounds of the Indian raga to the West. He collaborated with artists and composers including Philip Glass, Yehudi Menuhin and John Coltrane. His own works married musical traditions of East and West. 

The centenary of the birth of the seminal musician on Tuesday 7 April 2020 is marked into 2021 in a series of concerts and events.

Our Ravi Shankar Centenary concert is now set for Thursday 8 April 2021 with guest artists to be confirmed, alongside explorations of Shankar's music, life and legacy in free public events, workshops and an archive exhibition, also rescheduled for April 2021.

In the meantime, join us online to celebrate the sitar maestro with exclusive videos, curated playlists and more.

My husband's music continues to bring magic to people around the globe. As the whole world faces these challenging times, it's more important than ever to celebrate our common humanity with art that transcends boundaries. I'm thrilled that the Southbank Centre will be celebrating his legacy online and throughout the year as part of Shankar 100. While I'm saddened the Ravi Shankar Centenary concert has been postponed, I look forward to next spring, when we can all come together for this very special event.
Sukanya Shankar

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2 Apr 2020 - 21 Jun 2020
Various times | 2 Apr 2020 - 21 Jun 2020
Explore the life and legacy of a global musical icon through the lens of family archives
Explore the life and legacy of a global musical icon through the lens of family archives
Children playing drums in Royal Festival Hall
10:30 am
Tue 09 Jun 2020
10:30 am | Tue 09 Jun 2020
courses & workshops
Mark the centenary of Ravi Shankar’s birth in a day of workshops and performances for primary schools
Mark the centenary of Ravi Shankar’s birth in a day of workshops and performances for primary...
Anupama Bhagwat, sitarist
7:45 pm
Fri 18 Sep 2020
7:45 pm | Fri 18 Sep 2020
Intricately woven ragas meet inventive improvised tabla to celebrate 100 years of Ravi Shankar
Intricately woven ragas meet inventive improvised tabla to celebrate 100 years of Ravi Shankar
Mita Nag, sitarist
7:45 pm
Sat 19 Sep 2020
7:45 pm | Sat 19 Sep 2020
classical music
Speed, virtuosity and creativity light a fire under the music in this SitarFest concert
Speed, virtuosity and creativity light a fire under the music in this SitarFest concert
Ravi and Sukanya Shankar
1:00 pm
Sun 20 Sep 2020
1:00 pm | Sun 20 Sep 2020
talks & debates
The late Pandit Ravi Shankar’s wife shares candid insights into life with a legendary musician
The late Pandit Ravi Shankar’s wife shares candid insights into life with a legendary musician
Roopa Panesar, sitaar player
6:00 pm
Sun 20 Sep 2020
6:00 pm | Sun 20 Sep 2020
classical music
Be transported by high-energy melodic and rhythmic improvisation on sitar and tabla
Be transported by high-energy melodic and rhythmic improvisation on sitar and tabla
Anoushka Shankar, sitaarist

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7:30 pm
Wed 18 Nov 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 18 Nov 2020
classical music
Rediscover a 20th-century musical masterpiece with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Rediscover a 20th-century musical masterpiece with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Ravi Shankar, indian musician and composer
7:30 pm
Thu 08 Apr 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 08 Apr 2021
gigs
folk & world
The Shankar family, friends, and disciples celebrate 100 years since the birth of this extraordinary musician
The Shankar family, friends, and disciples celebrate 100 years since the birth of this extraordinary...

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