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Celebrated Indian Sitarist, Ravi Shankar Dies

  • The man who can be credited with introducing Indian classical music to the west, legendary Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar died on Tuesday at the age of 92. Mr Shankar suffered from heart ailments and upper respiratory afflictions though the previous year. Last Thursday he underwent heart-valve replacement surgery, at a hospital in San Diego. His wife Sukanya and daughter Anoushka were by his side as he breathed his last. Mr Shankar is also survived by his daughter, singer Norah Jones, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

    Mr Shankar's famous associates include Beatles, George Harrison, John Coltrane, Yehudi Menuhin and David Crosby and among a number of notable awards he was awarded the Grammy thrice. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's office called the sitarist, “national treasure and global ambassador of India's cultural heritage” on Twitter. “An era has passed away with ... (Ravi Shankar). The nation joins me to pay tributes to his unsurpassable genius, his art and his humility”, said the statement.