An Evening Of Film And Music With Gingger Shankar

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An Evening Of Film And Music With Gingger Shankar
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“Her mastery over the double violin is unmissable in Katy Perry’s single ‘Legendary Lovers’ (from the album Prism).”—The Telegraph

“It is her instrumental specialism that truly puts her in the category of musician extraordinaire.”—The Hindu

Presented by Gingger Shankar, Nari is the unsung story of the lives of Lakshmi Shankar and her daughter Viji, two extraordinary artists who helped bring Indian music to the West in the 1970s through their close collaborations with Ravi Shankar and George Harrison. As two female artists, they fought to overcome numerous challenges in both their artistic and personal lives as they were catapulted from conservative Indian culture into the stratosphere of American rock and roll. Now that they’ve passed away, Viji’s daughter Gingger Shankar has decided to commemorate their lives with a unique multimedia project.

Nari features a short film about Viji and Lakshmi followed by a live performance featuring vocals, Indian percussion, and Gingger’s unique double violin set to an entrancing blend of hip-hop, high-energy solos, and electronica infused with Viji’s never-before-heard recordings rooted in the Hindustani vocal tradition. The music is synchronized to a video installation, blending film, archival footage, and never-before-seen family photos.

Nari premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and had its U.S. premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Gingger Shankar is a singer, composer, and the only woman to play the double violin. She has worked with Katy Perry and the Smashing Pumpkins, among others, and co-scored the film The Passion of the Christ.

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By: Musical Instrument Museum - MIM

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