147-UDAI & RAVI SHANKAR
( Pandit Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury & Uday Shankar Chowdhury )
Born ; 8 December 1900 Udaipur, Rajasthan
Died ; 26 September 1977 (aged 76) Kolkata, West Bengal
Married ; Amala Shankar
Children ; Ananda & Mamta
Parents ; Shyam Shankar Chowdhury ( father ) & Hemangini Devi
Younger Siblings ; Rajendra, Debendra, Bhupendra and Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar :
Born ; 7 April 1920 - Benares, India
Died ; 11 December 2012 (aged 92) - San Diego, California, USA
Married ; Annapurna Devi in 1941 - Child ; Shubhendra Shankar- born 1942
Partner ; Kamala Shastri ( 1940s )
Partner ; Sue Jones - Child ; Norah Jones - born 1979
Married ; Sukanya Rajan in 1979 - Child ; Anoushka Shankar
Uday was a renowned dancer and had a dance troupe consisting of all his brothers and mother and some others in which they toured Europe and the USA.
Uday and his younger brother Ravi both met Meher Baba on board the ship M.V. Conte Verde travelling to Italy on 28th September and again in early October 1933.
On September 25th, 1933, Baba sailed for Europe on the M. V. Conte Verde, accompanied this time by Adi Jr., Chanji and Kaka Baria.
On the 28th September 1933 the celebrated Indian dancer Uday Shankar, 33, came to see Baba. He had found out about Baba through the Swiss sculptor and art historian Alice Boner, who was defraying the expenses of the visit of Shankar's dance troupe to the West. It was during Alice Boner's trip to India with Shankar in 1930 that she heard of Meher Baba. While in Europe, Norina, Elizabeth and Quentin had met Uday Shankar and had spoken to him of their Master.
Uday Shankar bowed reverently to Baba, who praised him and expressed appreciation for his talent. He told Baba, "I want to introduce and spread Indian classical dance to the West, but some organizations in India criticize me. They want money from me for their institutions, organizations and societies, but I have no money to give them."
Baba spelled out on His board, "Every good work has to face opposition, and the reaction of the opposition offered always helps the work. You need not worry; continue conscientiously with your work, with double the zeal in the right direction."
Shankar then said, "Baba, I would like to give a dance performance for you one day."
Baba replied, "I would be delighted to see it."
Shankar was extremely happy to have Baba's darshan, but Baba cautioned him before they parted, "Do not inform anyone on the ship about Me, as I do not wish to meet anybody. See me before disembarking in Brindisi." (Lord Meher Online Edition Page 1547)