Ravi Shankar – Festival Of Indian Music At The Hollywood Bowl 1967 – Past Daily Weekend Gallimaufry


With a little help from his friends.

With a little help from his friends.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Festival Of Indian Music – Hollywood Bowl August 4, 1967 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection.

Another rare and long-thought lost concert this week. The Festival Of Indian Music at The Hollywood Bowl, given on August 4, 1967 featuring a troupe of Indian musicians led by Sitarist Ravi Shankar.

The sudden huge popularity in music from India was due in no small part to George Harrison and his incorporating it into a number of Beatles songs starting in 1966. Ravi Shankar, a noted Musician from a musical family and who was no “overnight sensation”, particularly in India, was catapulted to international fame via The Beatles influence. Sitar sales were on the rise and it seemed like everyone had a Tabla and music from India became the “must-listen-to” soundtrack of the 60s.

And so, in order to capitalize on this sudden celebrity, a tour of the U.S. by notable Indian musicians, led by Ravi Shankar began in 1967 with an appearance at The Hollywood Bowl. It was a widely publicized affair, with George Harrison playing an active role in getting the Media interested and appearing with Shankar at a Press Conference in Los Angeles just ahead of the concert.

And as promised, it was a star-studded affair. But it was Ravi Shankar’s night and a night for the troupe of Musicians to finally bask in the recognition they had only gotten as local figures back home.

The audience is polite, reverential and the whole concert has an air of mystic aroma (not to mention clouds of incense). Not at all like the raucous affairs most concerts had become in recent years.

Sadly, Ravi Shankar died in 2012 after a long and illustrious career. But in 1967 he was it and Ragas were all the rage.

This weekend, you get to hear it for yourself.

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2 Responses

  1. Phil Hollenbeck says:

    Sir, any chance you have the second half of the concert. I was there, sitting on stage, a student of Alla Rakha.

    • gordonskene says:

      Part Two has been located and will be digitized shortly.I hope to add that to the first half that’s already up. Hopefully this weekend.


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