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article imageRavi Shankar dead at 92

By KJ Mullins     Dec 12, 2012 in Entertainment
San Diego - Ravi Shankar has died at the age of 92. The Indian sitar player was a mentor to the Beatles and brought Indian music to the world.
On the same day the DVD of Shankar's 2011 concert, "Ravi Shankar - Tenth Decade In Concert: Live in Escondido" was released, the world is mourning. The master of the sitar died in San Diego at the age of 92. He had been hospitalized since December 6 after complaining of breathing difficulties.
A close friendship with Beatle George Harrison brought Ravi Shankar into the spotlight during the 1960s. He was able to bring the sitar into world view. According to BBC Harrison once called him "the godfather of world music".
Born in Varanasi Ravi Shankar and his brother Uday Shankar toured Europe and India during their youth as dancers. Shakar gave up dancing in 1938 in order to study the sitar under Allauddin Khan. Since completing his studies in 1944 he worked as a composer. His daughter and frequent companion during tours during his later years Anoushka Shankar was born in 1981. He married Sukanya Rajan in 1989.
In 1956 Shankar began touring in Europe and North America.
Shankar was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1999.
Shankar married the daughter of his sitar mentor Allauddin Khan, Annapurna Devi in 1941. Their marriage produced his son Shubhendra Shankar. He was involved in several long relationships including an affair to Sue Jones. Their daughter Norah Jones was born in 1979.
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