Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:49:04 GMT | By ANI

Sitar icon Pandit Ravi Shankar passes away

The sitar exponent was responsible for making Indian classical music popular in the West and was also India’s musical ambassador


Sitar icon Pandit Ravi Shankar passes away (© Reuters)

New Delhi: Legendary musician Pandit Ravi Shankar, who was admitted in the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla for breathing difficulties, passed away in San Diego on Tuesday at the age of 92.

The sitar maestro had been admitted at the Scripps Memorial Hospital on December 6. He breathed his last at 4.30 pm.

The sitar exponent was responsible for making Indian classical music popular in the West and was also India’s musical ambassador. He had collaborated with several international artists including George Harrison of ‘The Beatles’, which had garnered him fame all over the world.

He was active as a professional musician till the end and was one of the contenders for the next Grammys. Panditji is survived by his wife Sukanya and musician daughters, sitar player Anushka Shankar and singer Norah Jones.

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