Honoring a Musical Legend: Pandit Ravi Shankar

“Pop changes week to week, month to month.

But great music is like literature.”

[Pandit Ravi Shankar]

After 92 years defined by musical brilliance and accomplishment, Pandit Ravi Shankar died on December 11, 2012. The term pandit signifies teacher or scholar; Shankar was indeed both of these in the art of classical Indian music. He brought the beauty of the sitar to the world. Long before the western world was graced by his talent, however, he had been studying under the instruction of Guru Baba Allaudin Khan before going on to perform and compose all over the world. His compositions included three concertos for sitar and orchestra. He performed concerts during the Monterey Pop Festival, Concert for Bangla Desh, and Woodstock. George Harrison of the Beatles was Shankar’s most famous disciple, and the sitar makes an appearance as played by Harrison in several Beatles songs. Both of Shankar’s daughters, Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones, are well-known musicians. His work and contribution to the world will live on forever!

A young Ravi Shankar playing the sitar
A young Ravi Shankar playing the sitar

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