Language for a New Century
Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond
Publication Date: April 2008
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Pandit Ravi Shankar, the legendary Hindustani classical musician, was born into a musically-inclined Bengali family in Banaras, India. The melodious strains of his music swept across the globe, making him a unifying phenomenon of music in the East and the West. His peerless genius contributed enormously to world music traditions and led to innovative collaborations with other leading world musicians like George Harrison and Yehudi Menuhin. He is a recipient of numerous awards and titles including the Bharat Ratna, the Magsaysay, 2 Grammys and 14 doctorate degrees.
Handal is a poet, playwright, and writer, who has lived in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East. She is the poetry review editor for Sable (UK) and associate artist and development executive for the production company, the Kazbah Project. She teaches at Columbia University.