R.I.P. Ravi Shankar

Sitar playing legend dies aged 92 after a short illness. The musician is best known for having influenced George Harrison, which led to The Beatles' experimentation with sitar and Indian music.

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The legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar has died at the age of 92.

Shankar died in the early evening of December 11th in San Diego, California, near his home. He had been admitted to hospital last week, but had failed to recover fully from surgery.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described him as a "national treasure and global ambassador of India's cultural heritage".

Shankar's wife Sukanya and daughter Anoushka have issued the following 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. He will live forever in our hearts and in his music."

Ravi Shankar is renowned, not only for his own talents, but for having taught The Beatles' George Harrison to play the sitar. Harrison once described him as the "godfather of world music." Shankar was also the father of pop singer Norah Jones.

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    Read this in the BBC News obituary and laughed so hard!!!! "His own doubts that many of his Western audience derived anything meaningful from his music were confirmed at one of the concerts to raise funds for the Bangladesh refugee crisis of 1971, when his three-and-a-half minute tuning session was greeted by an ovation."
    Not only a legend of eastern classical music, he was a great friend of the country during our liberation war. That concert he organised with other legendary western musicians helped tremendously to bring the world's attention to the genocide going on in 1971. R.I.P you great man, a whole country remembers your contribution to their freedom.
    He tought Page how to tune sitar. There is a possibility that because of that we have Kashmir. RIP
    Also, to everyone saying RIP... Souls don't "rest" for "eternity" in Hinduism.
    This should have been the top story on ultimate guitar. Seriously, this man's career was so important that it deserves more than just recognition as the second story here. If it was a rock musician who died they would get the top story but since its Ravi Shankar he only gets the second. All this from a heavy metal fan.
    Great sitar player, one of the reasons I started to play sitar. R.I.P., I honour his accomplishments
    We shouldn't be sad, sure, he's gone, but he's done more than enough and has died at a very reasonable age. RIP, man
    To be honest, before today I had not heard of Ravi. But after today I can already see that he was a master of his instrument, a passionate musician, a great teacher and the man who brought the sitar into the eyes of the West. Amazing. RIP
    If he is the reason why George Harrison discovered the sitar and created "the Inner Light", then i ****ing love this guy
    kill it
    I got a chance to see Mr.Shankar and Anoushka in concert a few years back and it was great. He definitely made the world a better place.rooms allogfe
    Oh...my....god... Post of the day!! I can't say I really blame people though, that music is just so different from what Western ears are programmed to hear. There's absolutely no frame of reference for what is a song and what is just tuning or even gibberish.
    This was directed towards "Kriggs" post above, about people applauding him just after tuning his sitar. I'm definitely not saying "Post of the Day" because Ravi Shankar died.
    I have a brother named Ravi and I gotta say it's a little weird seeing RIP Ravi on all over this page here. But RIP
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