Ravi Shankar: a man of numerous awards, recognitions

New Delhi: From India’s highest civil honour Bharat Ratna to the global music world’s prized Grammy, which he won thrice, sitar maestro Ravi Shankar was a much awarded man. Some achievements of the iconic musician who took Indian classical music to the international platform:

– He received the Padma Bhushan in 1967, Padma Vibhushan in 1981 and Bharat Ratna in 1999.

– He is also a three-time Grammy award winner. He bagged a nomination again for the 2013 Grammy Awards for his album “The Living Room Sessions Part-1”. Interestingly, he is pitted against his daughter Anoushka in the category.

– He shared an Oscar with George Fenton for the original musical score for the 1982 movie “Gandhi”.

– Shankar was an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and also a member of the United Nations International Rostrum of composers.

– He received the Music Council UNESCO award in the year 1975.

– Shankar won the Silver Bear Extraordinary Prize of the Jury at the 1957 Berlin International Film Festival for composing the music for the movie “Kabuliwala”.

– He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 1962, and was named a Fellow of the academy for 1975.

– He received the Kalidas Samman from the government of Madhya Pradesh for 1987-88, the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 1991, the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1992, and the Polar Music Prize in 1998.

– In 2001, Shankar was made Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his “services to music”.

– Shankar in 1997 received the Praemium Imperiale for music from the Japan Art Association.

– In 2010, Shankar received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Melbourne, Australia.


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