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Legendary musician Pandit Ravi Shankar, 92, passes away in San Diego Last Updated : 12 Dec 2012 10:51:54 AM IST Legendary musician Pandit Ravi Shankar, 92, passes away in San Diego
Renowned Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, 92, passed away in San Diego on Tuesday .
He was admitted to the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla last Thursday after he complained of breathing difficulties.Shankar, whose health had been fragile for the past several years, underwent a surgery on Thursday at the Scripps
Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California where he breathed his last.
"It is with heavy hearts we write to inform you that Pandit Ravi Shankar, husband, father, and musical soul, passed away today," his wife and daughter, Sukanya and Anoushka Shankar, said in a joint statement.
A recipient of Bharat Ratna in 1996, Shankar maintained residences in both India and the United States. He is survived by his wife Sukanya; daughter Norah Jones; daughter Anoushka Shankar Wright and husband Joe Wright; three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. "As you all know, his health has been fragile for the past several years and on Thursday he underwent a surgery that could 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. We were at his side when
he passed away," the joint statement said.
"We know that you all feel our loss with us, and we thank you for all of your prayers and good wishes through this difficult time. 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.
His spirit and his legacy will live on forever in our hearts and in his music," they said in their joint statement. A three-time Grammy award winner, Shankar last performed in California on November 4 along with his daughter Anoushka Shankar.
Shankar has also been nominated for the 2013 Grammys for his album "The Living Room Sessions Part-1" and was pitted
against Anoushka in the same category.
"Shankar had suffered from upper-respiratory and heart issues over the past year and underwent heart-valve replacement surgery last Thursday. Though the surgery was successful, recovery proved too difficult for the 92-year-old musician," said another statement issued by the Ravi Shankar Foundation and East Meets West Music.
Shankar was an Indian musician and composer
Shankar was born in Varanasi on 7 April 1920,and often referred to by the title 'Pandit', was an Indian musician and composer who played the plucked string instrument sitar. He had been described as the most known contemporary Indian musician.
He spent his youth touring Europe and India with the dance group of his brother Uday Shankar. He gave up dancing in 1938 to study sitar playing under court musician Allauddin Khan.
Shankar worked as a composer and created the music for the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray, and was music director of All India Radio, New Delhi, from 1949 to 1956.
In 1956, he began to tour Europe and America playing Indian classical music and increased its popularity there in the 1960s through teaching, performance, and his association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and rock artist George Harrison of The Beatles.
From 1986 to 1992 he served as a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha of the Parliament of India. Shankar was awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1999, and received three Grammy Awards.
He continued to perform in the 2000s, often with his daughter Anoushka.
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