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Indian Sitar Maestro, Ravi Shankar Passes Away Age 92

Indian Sitar Maestro, Ravi Shankar Passes Away Age 92 -

Indian Sitar legend Ravi Shankar has passed away at the age of 92 after a short illness.

The Indian 'national treasure' had been admitted to the Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego last week, but unfortunately Shankar failed to recover fully from surgery.

Born Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury, Ravi began studying the instrument in 1938 and worked as a composer throughout the 40's & 50's.

The father of singer Norah Jones, Shankar was renowned for teaching The Beatles' George Harrison how to play the Sitar and was instrumental in introducing Indian music to West. Harrison once called him the 'godfather of world music.'

In a statement quoted by Reuters, Shankar's wife Sukanya and daughter Anoushka said he had recently undergone surgery which would have 'potentially given him a new lease of life.'

'Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the surgeons and doctors taking care of him, his body was not able to withstand the strain of the surgery,' they said.

'We were at his side when he passed away.

'Although it is a time for sorrow and sadness, it is also a time for all of us to give thanks and to be grateful that we were able to have him as a part of our lives. He will live forever in our hearts and in his music.'             

A number of musicians have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Shankar.

'The great Ravi Shankar has left the building. An amazing talent and the maker of a beautiful sound' Tim Burgess wrote.

Giles Martin, son of longtime Beatles producer Sir George Martin wrote tweeted, 

'I'm very sad to hear of the death of ?#ravishankar. A beautiful, worldly man with warmth and talent. I bet George is happy to see him again.'

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described Ravi as a 'national treasure and global ambassador of India's cultural heritage.'

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