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World premiere of late Ravi Shankar’s opera opens in Leicester

The late sitarist, composer and musical ambassador Ravi Shankar

By: Sarwar Alam

Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar’s last composition – an opera called Sukanya, inspired by a Mahabharata character after whom his wife was named – opens in the UK today (12). Shankar worked on the opera during his last days in hospital with conductor and collaborator David Murphy. It was completed by his daughter and disciple Anoushka Shankar after his death in 2012. “It thrills me that this final project of my father’s, about which he was so passionate, is finally coming to life,” Anoushka said. Anoushka Sharma performing with her father Ravi Shankar The opera tells the story from the Mahabharata…

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