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Pandit Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar was an Indian musician and composer who played the plucked string instrument sitar. He has been described as the most known contemporary Indian musician.

Pandit Ravi Shankar was awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1999, and received three Grammy Awards. He continued to perform in the 2000s, often with his daughter Anoushka.

Pandit Ravi Shankar is widely credited for making Indian classical music popular in the West. He was considered the India's musical ambassador. Pandit Ravi Shankar has received three s. He had collaborated with international artists including George Harrison of The Beatles.


He was born Rabindra Shankar Chowdhury in 1920 to Hemangini and Shyam Shankar Chowdhury, a scholar and barrister, originally from Bangladesh. Ravi Shankar's father moved on to Kolkata and London and got remarried to Miss Morrell. Ravi Shankar remained close to his mother.

Ravi Shankar has four siblings.

Ravi Shankar is married to Sukanya. He has two daughters, Anushka Shankar and Norah Jones. Anushka Shankar is a sitar player, while Norah Jones is a singer.

His sons Shubhendra from his first wife Annapurna passed away in 1992.

Ravi Shankar's autobiography is Raga Mala.


Pandit Ravi Shankar passed away on December 11, 2012 at the age of 92. He was admitted to the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla for breathing difficulties on December 6. He breathed his last at 4:30 pm on December 11, 2012.

Tributes to Pandit Ravi Shankar

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a message on Twitter paid tributes. The tweet read: "An era has passed away with Pt. Ravishankar. The nation joins me to pay tributes to his unsurpassable genius, his art and his humility. A national treasure and global ambassador of India’s cultural heritage."

Lyricist Javed Akhtar condoled the death of Ravi Shankar. In a television interview, Akhtar said, "Indian music has been orphaned today. Saddened to hear the news. He was not only a great musician but also a great human being who was always ready to learn new things. He had this child like quality and even though he was great artist, he never shied away from appreciating other’s talent. He had helped us a lot during the time of copyright issue. Just a few days back I spoke to his wife and got to know that he wasn’t keeping well,"

Dancer Shovna Narayan in a tribute to Ravi Shankar said, "We have really lost a stalwart. as a person he was fantastic, we have learnt so much from him."

Flute exponent Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia said, "His bhakti, hard work, his struggle, his love for Indian culture….people may forget Mian Tansen but they will never forget Pandit Ravi Shankar,"

Singer Shubha Mudgal said, "It is a moment of such shocking grief. he created respect for Indian music internationally."

Posthumous Grammy life-time achievement award

The Grammy award organizers has announced that Pandit Ravi Shankar will be honored with a posthumous lifetime achievement Grammy award. Ravi Shankar is already a three-time Grammy award winner. According to a Grammys spokeswoman, Ravi the decision to award a lifetime achievement award was taken before his death and he was notified a week before his death.

Pandit Ravi Shankar in News

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Vice President Hamid Ansari condoles the passing away of Ravi Shankar

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