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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ravi Shankar dies aged 92

Pandit Ravi Shankar, Godfather of world music, passes away

Pandit Ravi Shankar, the virtuoso sitar maestro who introduced Indian classical music to the world and inspired the Sixties 'psychedelic' sound through his collaboration with the Beatles, has died. He was 92.

Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar plays his sitar in Los Angeles in 1967 (left) and at the Vienna Jazz Festival in 2005

The legendary musician passed away in San Diego where he was recovering from an operation last week.
His widow Sukanya and daughter Anoushka, his sitar protégée, said he had been too frail to withstand the strain of surgery.

Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, one of India’s best known musicians, died after a long illness in California at the age of 92.
A three-time Grammy winner, Shankar was called the ‘Godfather of world music’ by George Harrison. He collaborated and taught many musicians from the West such as violinist Yehudi Menuhin and jazz saxophonist John Coltrane and made legendary appearances at the 1967 Monterey Festival and Woodstock Festival.

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