Legendary sitar player, composer and the ambassador for Indian music, Pandit Ravi Shankar, has passed away at age 92.


Ravi Shankar brought the sound of India to the world with his fluid, improvisational playing of the sitar, and introduced the centuries-old traditions of Indian music to millions of classical, jazz and rock lovers.


Dubbed "the godfather of world music" by George Harrison, Shankar taught Harrison how to play the sitar and collaborated with him for the legendary 1971 benefit Concert For Bangladesh. He collaborated with violinist Yehudi Menuhin, recording the acclaimed "West Meets East" album, and gave sitar lessons to jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, who named his son Ravi in Shankar's honor.

Shankar also composed a number of film scores - notably Satyajit Ray's celebrated Apu trilogy (1951-55) and Richard Attenborough's Gandhi (1982) - and collaborated with US composer Philip Glass in Passages in 1990.




Shankar was the father of jazz singer Norah Jones and sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar.

His last musical performance was with his daughter Anoushka, in early November.

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