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My Music, My Life: Complete Manual on How to Play the Sitar

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A book by Ravi Shankar

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Author: Ravi Shankar
Publisher: Sangam Books Ltd
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  • Sep 29, 1999
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Ravi Shankars book "My music My life" from 1969 is a great introduction to Indian music and how it is to grow up in India as a music student.

In chapter one "My Heritage" Shankar explains the basic principles of Indian music, the difference between North and South Indian music and the most common musical instruments.Chapter two "My Masters" is about his teachers and chapter three "Myself" is Shankars autobiography. Chapter four is a manual for learning the sitar.

I found this book very enjoyable and a great introduction to one of the best music this planet has to offer and Shankar is one of the greatest musicians of this century. The chapter about his life in India as a music student were very interesting to me because it is so different from being a music student in Iceland.

For those interested I would also recomend the video "Raga" which is a documentary about Shankar (done I think in the late 60's) and of course all his fabulous CD's.

Also reccomended is his book Raga Mala the autobiography of Ravi Shankar, edited and introduced by George Harrison which came out in 1999. This book is much more detailed and covers his whole live up to 1999 and it has many Photographs from his live and carrier.

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