The Colours of the Sun
Reputable photographer aloke mitra captures memorable musical reminiscences and confidential moments in the life of one of India's most beloved musicians, Ravi Shankar.This book reveals to us the life of the artist before he become what he was and continues to be even after his death.
The book has a foreword by Yehudi Menuhin and captures Ravi Shankar doing what he does best, as well as in odd and fascinating adventures. Apart from discerning him playing the sitar, both as a child and an adult, and showing him performing on stage, the photos help us catch a glimpse of his characteristic moods and idiosyncrasies, his intimate relationship with the city of Benaras, his wives, companions and daughters. There are photos that depict him playing with other maestros like Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Bismillah Khan and George Harrison and others that show him engaged in literary ‘addas’.
"The many moods and roles of “Ravi”, the musician and the complete artiste are more than evident in Mitra’s work."
Sumati Mehrishi, The New Indian Express
"Moments captured forever!"
HT City, Correspondent
"The book has captured him assuming those roles - he plays being a Bengali, a Frenchman, and just having fun. This is a stellar piece of work."
Goutam Ghose, Film Director (article in Daijiworld News)
"His photographs can also be interpreted as a visual narrative of three cities, Banaras, London and Calcutta, that differ greatly in terms of settings and moods but, nonetheless, share a sense of timelessness. ...The alleys of Banaras, the pigeons in “Picadelly Square” (sic) and the smoky Hooghly function not only as tools of identification but also as a testimony to the unchangeability of spaces."
Uddalak Mukherjee, The Telegraph
"The book includes photos from the sitar player’s many concerts, which Mitra shot in Benaras, Kolkata and London, his candid moments while being a tourist in London, his family life with daughters Anoushka Shankar and Kaveri Shankar, being celebrated by national dignitaries such as Indira Gandhi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Jyoti Basu and more private moments."
Rolling Stone, India