When Robuji played in our house

In later years, the association of these great maestros led to the historic UN concert where Menuhin and Shankar played their famous duet. As the 1960s approached, however, there was a new fervour on the musical scene in both India and abroad. Delhi was fast becoming a cultural centre where Shankar took the lead in the creation of "Jhankar", which organised an annual festival of music to which the leading musicians of the country were invited.

The decades of the 1960s and 1970s were, for Shankar, a time of soaring success, and then there was no looking back. It makes me feel blessed to have seen, firsthand, the making of the father of world music.

Vinay Bharat-Ram is an industrialist and economist

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