Ravi Shankar

Indian musician and sitar player (1920-2012)

Ravi Shankar (7 April 1920 – 11 December 2012) was one of India's most famous musicians. Shankar was one of the first to bring aspects of traditional Indian music into Europe and United States|American culture in the 1960s. He was a major influence on George Harrison, who was a member of The Beatles. Shankar is famous for playing the sitar, an Indian stringed instrument. He performed until his death. In 2005 he played at The Proms. His daughters Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar are also well-known musicians.


Ravi Shankar

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Shankar performing at Woodstock in 1969
Background information
Birth nameRavindra Shankar Chowdhury
Born(1920-04-07)7 April 1920
Benares, Benares State, British India
(now Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, Republic of India)
Died11 December 2012(2012-12-11) (aged 92)
San Diego, California, United States
GenresIndian classical music
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • composer
Instruments
Years active1930–2012
Labels
Associated acts
Websitewww.ravishankar.org
Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha
In office
12 May 1986 – 11 May 1992
  1. "East Meets West Music & Ravi Shankar Foundation". East Meets West Music, Inc. Ravi Shankar Foundation. 2010. Archived from the original on 20 November 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.