Legendary sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar passes away at 92

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Legendary sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar passes away at 92 in San Diego




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Legendary sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar died on Wednesday morning IST in San Diego in the United States at the age of 92 years. Pandit Ravi Shankar was in the US with his family for a surgery.

A three-time Grammy award winner, Pandit Ravi Shankar was nominated for a Grammy award for 2013 too. Reacting to the news, Kathak dancer Sovana Narayan said, "He was an amazing artist, a very humble person. He brought sitar to a new level."

India's ambassador to US Nirupama Rao tweeted, "Pandit Ravi Shankar. Mourn passing of a musical genius and gentle soul. Attended his last concert Nov in Calif. He played with such passion."




Ravi Shankar was born Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury on April 7, 1920 in Varanasi. He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha from 1986 to 1992. He was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1999.

He created music for Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray and was the music director of All India Radio from 1949 to 1956.

Pandit Ravi Shankar has two daughters who are talented musicians themselves. Anoushka Shankar is a famous Sitar player like her father and has won many awards. His other daughter is Norah Jones who is an acclaimed singer in the international arena. He toured Europe with his brother's dance troupe and at the age of 18 he began to learn how to play the sitar from his guru Baba Allauddin Khan. In the year 1939, Ravi Shankar gave his first public performance in India. His formal training concluded in the year 1944 and he moved out of Bombay.

It was during the 50s that he became famous in the world of music outside India. He performed in Soviet Union (1953) and the West (1956). He has performed at prestigious events like the Edinburgh Festival and also at important places like Royal Festival Hall, London.


Legendary sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar dies at 92 in San Diego- News- IBNLive
 
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My tribute to him. He was a legend, deserves moksha.


This creation of his and George Harrison's has lifted my soul up many times.
 
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He was wealth of this nation, another composition of his with The great Ustad Allah Rakha ji.
 
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my personal favorite was east meets east(thats right, not west):

 
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Another my favourite

 
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RIP to the legend that was Ravi shankar.

2012 has been a bad year for our country many talented people from the field of music have left us in this period.
 

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What can I say dude was a true hindu, and a great artist.

i have heard he had many wives and keeps:taunt1::taunt1:

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Shankar in 1988

Shankar married Allauddin Khan's daughter Annapurna Devi in 1941 and a son, Shubhendra Shankar, was born in 1942.[11] Shankar separated from Devi during the 1940s and had a relationship with Kamala Shastri, a dancer, beginning in the late 1940s.[57] An affair with Sue Jones, a New York concert producer, led to the birth of Norah Jones in 1979.[57] In 1981, Anoushka Shankar was born to Shankar and Sukanya Rajan, whom Shankar had known since the 1970s.[57] After separating from Kamala Shastri in 1981, Shankar lived with Sue Jones until 1986. He married Sukanya Rajan in 1989.[57]
Shubhendra "Shubho" Shankar often accompanied his father on tours.[58] He could play the sitar and surbahar, but elected not to pursue a solo career and to die in 1992.[58] Norah Jones became a successful musician in the 2000s, winning eight Grammy Awards in 2003.[59] Anoushka Shankar was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 2003.[59] Both Anoushka and her father were nominated for Best World Music Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards for separate albums.[60]
Shankar was a Hindu and a vegetarian.[61][62] He lived with Sukanya in Encinitas, California.[63]

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i have heard he had many wives and keeps:taunt1::taunt1:

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Shankar in 1988

Shankar married Allauddin Khan's daughter Annapurna Devi in 1941 and a son, Shubhendra Shankar, was born in 1942.[11] Shankar separated from Devi during the 1940s and had a relationship with Kamala Shastri, a dancer, beginning in the late 1940s.[57] An affair with Sue Jones, a New York concert producer, led to the birth of Norah Jones in 1979.[57] In 1981, Anoushka Shankar was born to Shankar and Sukanya Rajan, whom Shankar had known since the 1970s.[57] After separating from Kamala Shastri in 1981, Shankar lived with Sue Jones until 1986. He married Sukanya Rajan in 1989.[57]
Shubhendra "Shubho" Shankar often accompanied his father on tours.[58] He could play the sitar and surbahar, but elected not to pursue a solo career and to die in 1992.[58] Norah Jones became a successful musician in the 2000s, winning eight Grammy Awards in 2003.[59] Anoushka Shankar was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 2003.[59] Both Anoushka and her father were nominated for Best World Music Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards for separate albums.[60]
Shankar was a Hindu and a vegetarian.[61][62] He lived with Sukanya in Encinitas, California.[63]

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So what is your objection ?
 

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He has lived his life well and has contributed immensely to Indian classical music scene as also created what is called fusion music.

RIP, ustad!
 

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keeping several wives is haram in hinduism. he was not true hindu
AHHAHAHAHAHAH! Its not haram at all, a primitive concept like 'haram' does not exsist in hinduism.... you couldn't understand....

But, you have certainly demonstrated your understanding of hinduism here, you see hinduism cannot be though of by islamic mindset ,its bigger and you are inherently going to misunderstand it.
I am pretty sure all vedic hindus had practiced polygamy.

Its just that hindus are decent and progressive and change their rules with time (unlike islam for example which is still stuck in stone age laws).
 

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In truth, Ravi Shankar couldn’t stand the hippies - Telegraph

Ravi Shankar always displayed a slightly ambivalent attitude to the extraordinary enthusiasm with which his music – sober-minded, serious, not a little taxing – was greeted by younger Western audiences in the Sixties. At Madison Square Garden in 1971, in the celebrated Concert for Bangladesh which had been organised by his friend George Harrison, the first plangent chords of Shankar's sitar-playing were received with rapturous applause, obliging him to lecture the audience: "If you like our tuning so much, I hope you will enjoy the playing even more."

The confusion was understandable. Until Ravi Shankar, most people in the West were familiar with Indian music – if at all – only as background noise in establishments with flock wallpaper, and would not have been in a position to discern the fine distinction between a morning raga and evening one, or even know whether in Shankar they were listening to a virtuoso or a rank beginner.

But Shankar could be a fastidious man. The rock audiences who came to pay homage he haughtily dismissed in his autobiography as "these strange young weirdos"; while his appearances at the Monterey and Woodstock festivals – the great quasi-religious gatherings of the alternative society – were apparently painful ordeals, where the audiences were "shrieking, shouting, smoking, masturbating and copulating – all in a drug-crazed state"¦ I used to tell them, 'You don't behave like that when you go to hear a Bach, Beethoven or Mozart concert.'" Quite.
 

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