The Blackwing Volume 3 is a tribute to Maestro Ravi Shankar in this year of his 100th birthday. Born in India, Mr. Shankar was a dancer, composer, and ultimately a master of the sitar, an instrument he brought to popular culture when George Harrison was introduced to Ravi's music in the mid 60s and ultimately went to India to take sitar lessons from him. Their collaboration, which reached its public apex in 1971's The Concert for Bangladesh, heightened awareness of classical Indian music and culture around the world.
The Volume 3 pencil features Blackwing's extra-firm graphite and a matte "turmeric" finish printed with a pattern inspired by one of Ravi’s iconic sitars. The pattern prominently features the ॐ (Om,) a sacred Sanskrit symbol with three phonetic components (hence, Volume 3) that correlate to the waking, dream, and unconscious states of being. The Om was important to Mr. Shankar as a constant reminder of the contemplative, spiritual nature of his music. Translated from Hindi, Ravi means “sun,” and this pencil’s finish, gold imprint, ferrule and eraser are a meditation on the light he brought into the world through his music and spirit.
A portion of every box of Blackwing Volume 3 pencils sold will benefit the Ravi Shankar Foundation and their mission to "preserve the diversity of cultures and richness of their arts."
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