Legendary Indian sitarist, composer Ravi Shankar dead at 92

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Legendary Indian sitarist, composer Ravi Shankar dead at 92

Sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar-ji, who helped introduce the sitar and Indian classical music to the Western world through his collaborations with The Beatles, died in Southern California on Tuesday, his family said. He was 92.

Ravi Shankar-ji, a three-time Grammy winner with legendary appearances at the 1967 Monterey Festival and at Woodstock, had been in fragile health for several years and last Thursday underwent surgery, his family said in a statement, "Although it is a time for sorrow and sadness, it is also a time for all of us to give thanks and to be grateful that we were able to have him as a part of our lives," the family said. "He will live forever in our hearts and in his music."

I have fond memories of meeting Ravi Shankar-ji [pic below] with his daughter Anoushka for an interview a few years back. We got on, from the off and later that evening I saw them perform together at Royal Festival Hall :)

A legend and an inspiration for a generation of musicians and music lovers !
 

Legendary Indian sitarist, composer Ravi Shankar dead at 92
Published Wednesday Dec 12 '12