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Sitar Maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar Died Today in California

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Sitar Maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar died today in a Private Hospital in California at the age of 92. He was admitted last Thursday following the breathlessness. Following the death, the prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has condoled the death of the great musician who was primarly called by the Indians as the world ambassador of India's cultural tradition.

Pandit Ravi Shankar born in 7th Apriil 1920 in Varanasi In his earlier days, Ravi Shankar skilled under Baba Allauddin Khan of the Senia Maihar gharana, who is a world popular musician known for his in depth music. The Harrison of “The Beatles in London” fame is also said to be learned the sitar from the maestro Pandit. After that Harrison used the sitar in his Beatles 'Norwegian Wood', that made the Ravi Shankar world famous and thus he got more international acclaims. Other notable contributions of him include both Carnatic and Hindustani music. He also played an important role in introducing several young music talents who are specialized in both Carnatic and Hindustani music to North America. He is also the music director for Satyajit Ray's 'Pather Panchali' and the popular Appu Triology. Other works includes both Bengali and Hindi movies. He was awarded the highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna by the Indian Government in 1999 and also won three Grammy Awards.

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