R.I.P.: Ravi Shankar Passes Away At 92
By Staff on December 12, 2012
After battling with major heart and upper respiratory problems, sitar master Ravi Shankar died last night at the age of 92.
The legend (and father to musicians Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar) who taught George Harrison how to play, worked with John Coltrane and spearheaded the first pop/rock benefit concert with 1971's Concert For Bangladesh had just had heart-valve replacement surgery last week.
His teaching can be heard throughout the Beatles catalogue (most specifically within "Norwegian Wood" and "Within You Without You"), but his influence can be experienced throughout the growing love and acceptance of world music and culture.
Our hearts and deepest condolences go out to Shankar's family, friends and colleagues.