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’.

Aloke Mitra

Aloke Mitra’s journey as a photojournalist began way back in 1950s. Throughout most of his professional life, he was associated with the Ananda Bazar Patrika group of publications where he worked as the chief photographer for The Telegraph, Calcutta. His search for that perfect frame led him to four wars, numerous catastrophes and some of the momentous events of our times. He was also lucky to witness from a rare proximity the life and career of charismatic personalities like Mother Teresa, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Satyajit Ray as well as people like Indira Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Lady Diana and George Harrison, to name a few.


"Moments captured forever!"

HT City, Correspondent