Ravi Shankar's first opera: Ghanashyam 1989 Winner of the prestigious Prudential Award for the Arts. "The suspicion that this was to be no ordinary night out in Erdington was confirmed by the sight of former Beatle and Shankar student George Harrison sitting a few rows behind me in conversation with Birmingham rock guitarist Jeff Lynne." - Terry Grimley, Opera Now 10 Years of CBTO City of Birmingham Touring Opera gave Ravi Shankar's first opera Ghanasyham its world premiere on Tuesday, 3 October 1989 at Stockland Green Leisure Centre, Birmingham, featuring superstars Durga Lal and V.P. & Shanta Dhananjayan. Renu Bassi as Lalita in Ravi Shankar's Ghanashyam, 1989 View related posts As we launch into our 50th production we need your help to raise £10,000 by 9 March! Play your part in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and donate to the Appeal. Your donation will help to create a world-class opera production that inspires thousands from Birmingham and beyond.