In 1982, Pt Ravi Shankar won acclaim for his film score to the Academy Award-winning film Gandhi by Richard Attenborough. His film music to the Pather Panchali trilogy (1955-59) and to Kabuliwala had won him awards at the Cannes, Venice, and Berlin film festivals. These honors made him the first Indian musician to receive an award for best music direction from a foreign country. 

Sitar maestro Pt Ravi Shankar also contributed music over the years to ballet. In 1990 was the United States premiere of his ballet Ghyanshyam: The Broken Branch. It was about a dancer addicted to drugs; Shankar wrote it because he wanted to promote the need for a spiritual resurgence in modern society.

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