The fifth installment of East Meets West Music‘s Nine Decades series is a special re-mastered and restored recording of Ravi Shankar‘s music-theater piece Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch. Created out of his deep concern over a cultural preoccupation with drugs as an “easy escape from the sadhana found in disciplined hard work,” Shankar wrote this outstanding piece of music in the folk tale tradition. It is an examination of the forces that can dilute the world-changing potential of the artist. Originally released on CD in the early 1990s at a truncated 60 minutes, East Meets West has re-mastered the original reels and restored a full 20 more minutes to the work, making this recording more faithful to the audio that accompanied the original theater production.
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East Meets West Music is the official recording label of The Ravi Shankar Foundation. With unique access to an archive featuring thousands of hours of live performance audio, film footage, interviews, and studio masters, EMWMusic releases recordings of superior quality, and provides audiences with the definitive portrait of Ravi Shankar’s long career.
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“Nine Decades could easily be the most exciting new series
of albums in Indian music for some time.”
“George Harrison once famously credited Ravi Shankar with ‘inventing world music’
and though that might be a bit of a stretch, if you listen to Nine Decades a few times,
it might be enough to understand that no one alive today has contributed
more to the development of the genre than he has.”
– Paste Magazine