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Shankar is nominated in the Best World Music Album category and is pitted against flamenco stars Gypsy Kings and Nigerian musician Femi Kuti.

Written by Suanshu Khurana | Published: December 10, 2013 4:53:55 am

The sitar may have gone silent with Pandit Ravi Shankar’s passing away last year,but the strains from the maestro’s sitar still finds worthy mentions. This 56th Annual Grammy list boasts of a posthumous nomination for the sitar player for Living Room Sessions 2 (East Meets West Music),an album that was recorded the maestro’s Encinitas,California home,which was converted into a makeshift recording studio for the informal sessions.

Shankar is nominated in the Best World Music Album category and is pitted against flamenco stars Gypsy Kings and Nigerian musician Femi Kuti.

In the album,Shankar,who was 91 then and too feeble to play concerts,played with tabla player Tanmoy Bose. Every day they would record seven different ragas,amid bursts of laughter,Shankar’s favourite food and rounds of coffee. The first installment of the recording,Living Room Sessions 1,went on to win last year’s Grammy for the Best World Music Album.

The album,which is being considered as the frontrunner in the list features three ragas — Mishra Kafi,Sindhi Bhairavi and Bhairavi — where Shankar’s virtuosity is at his best. While the vilambit (slower) sections are imbued with a finesse and sound cultivated,the faster gats are full of improvisations.

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