Ravi Shankar Quotes & Sayings

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32 most famous Ravi Shankar quotes and sayings. These are the first 10 quotes we have for him. He was an Indian musician who passed away on 11 December, 2012.

“There are thousands of ragas, and they are all connected with different times of the day, like sunrise or night or sunset. It is all based on 72 of what we call 'mela' or scales. And we have principally nine moods, ranging from peacefulness to praying, or the feeling of emptiness you get by sitting by the ocean.”
“Everybody has a right to like or dislike anything or anyone. From a flower to a flavor to a book or a composition but it is very sad that in our country we actually fight over such things in an unseemly manner.”
“In India, I have been called a 'destroyer.' But that is only because they mixed my identity as a performer and as a composer. As a composer I have tried everything, even electronic music and avant-garde. But as a performer I am, believe me, getting more classical and more orthodox, jealously protecting the heritage that I have learned.”
Ravi Shankar Quotes
“In our culture we have such respect for musical instruments, they are like part of God.”
Ravi Shankar Quotes
“I have always had an instinct for doing new things. Call it good or bad, I love to experiment.”
Ravi Shankar Quotes
“I enjoy seeing other Indian musicians - old and young - coming to Europe and America and having some success. I'm happy to have contributed to that.”
Ravi Shankar Quotes
“Pop changes week to week, month to month. But great music is like literature.”
Ravi Shankar Quotes
“I believe in one thing: that anyone who is able to do something good for someone, I mean, should be praised.”
Ravi Shankar Quotes
“The music that I have learned and want to give is like worshipping God. It's absolutely like a prayer.”
“My secret ambition was always to provide music for animation films: something with an Indian theme, either a fairy tale or mythological tale or on the Krishna theme. I still have a very deep desire, but these sorts of chances don't always come.”

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