|India’s legendary musician, sitar player, and music composer Pandit Ravi Shankar passed away in San Diego on Tuesday. He was 92.
According to reports, Pandit Ravi Shankar hadn’t been well for the last few days and was admitted to the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, San Diego, on December 6 after he complained of breathing problems. He died at 4.30 pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, says The Hindu.
A multiple Grammy winner, and recipient of India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, Pandit Ravi Shankar is credited for popularizing Indian classical music in the west through his collaborations with the likes of the ace violinist Yehudi Menuhin and The Beatles guitarist George Harrison in the 1960s. He even performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival but distanced himself from the Hippie movement because he disliked the drug culture.
His first Grammy award came in 1967 for West Meets East a collaboration with Menuhin. He won his second Grammy for Concert for Bangladesh music album in the early 70s.
Pandit Ravi Shankar also composed for films like Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy or Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi for which he also got an Oscar nomination.
However, he was beset with health complications from 1970s. He suffered a heart attack in Chicago in November 1974 while on a musical tour with George Harrison. He underwent an angioplasty in 1992 due to heart problems.
Pandit Ravi Shankar is survived by his daughter Anoushka Shankar, and Norah Jones who was born to Sue Jones, a New York concert producer with whom Shankar had an affair and lived with for five years.