Self-Realization Fellowship Encinitas Temple

Music The Sounds of India Ravi Shankar (album - 1968)
A great representative of the sitar, Ravi Shankar has had a notable influence on artists evolving in registers sometimes very different from his own. An authority whose rich and successful career has taken him to the shores of the Pacific in California.
Self-Realization Fellowship Encinitas Temple
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Ravi Shankar

The story of Ravi Shankar begins on April 7, 1920 in Varnasi, India. The one who is still called Robu, becomes a dancer in his older brother’s troupe and travels far from home. Very quickly, the young boy is also interested in music. When his father dies, his mother decides to entrust him to a musical guru. Later, he followed the teachings of the master Allauddin Khan, under rather harsh conditions. This apprenticeship allowed him to learn the sitar, but also the surbahar and to develop his talent. In 1956, Ravi Shankar had the opportunity to travel to the United States to perform. He gave his first concert at the Self-Realization Fellowship in Encinitas, California, and then appeared on the stage of New York’s iconic Carnegie Hall, where he had once danced with his brother’s troupe.

But it is on the west coast that everything is played out. At the Self-Realization Fellowship where George Harrison also likes to go, as do Elvis Presley and many other celebrities. The Beatle, in perpetual research, as musical as philosophical, appreciates the intimate character of this place a little out of time. Ravi Shankar’s path crosses his when he tries to learn the sitar.

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Ravi Shankar released 74 albums from 1956 to 2012, under his own name or with other artists.

Self-Realization Fellowship Encinitas Temple

Once favored by Elvis Presley and George Harrison of the Beatles, the Encinitas Temple is part of the Self-Realization Fellowship and offers inspiring activities to its members.

From lectures to meditation sessions, from readings to research sessions, the Self-Realization Fellowship in Encinitas, California has been a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the city since 1936. Ideally located, facing the Pacific Ocean, it provides a teaching in line with the precepts of its founder Paramahansa Yogananda. It was here that Paramahansa Yogananda wrote his autobiography. The complex includes an ashram and a retreat center. There are also centers in Hollywood and San Diego. Ravi Shankar owned a house next door.

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By Gilles Rolland

Monday, September 12, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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