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Ravi Shankar

Art of Living (AoL) Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar during a programme on World Environment Day at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Auditorium in New Delhi.

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Art of Living (AoL) Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (3rd R) with Mr. Erik Solheim (2nd L) , Executive Director, United Nations Environment Program On World Environment Day at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Auditorium in New Delhi.

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Two years before his fam­ous appearance in Wood­stock, Ravi Shankar was easily the most famous Indian musician in the West. Indeed, the album from the landmark concert at Monterey in 1967 still hasn’t lost its lustre. That same year finds the handsome sitarist on a London street, instrument in hand, with the confident gait of someone at the pinnacle of his art.

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Alla Rakha, Ali Akbar Khan, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Bismillah Khan

Yehudi Menuhin, Ravi Shankar

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George Harrison with Ravi Shankar, who taught him to play the sitar, which the Beatles used in a few numbers

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Anushka Shankar and Norah Jones, daughters of world renowned sitar player late Ravi Shankar, immerse his ashes in the Ganga in Varanasi. Also seen (right) is his wife Sukanya.

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President Pranab Mukherjee presents the first Annual Tagore Award for Cultural harmony to the late Pandit Ravi Shankar, being received by his wife Sukanya Shankar, at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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55th annual Grammy Awards: Best world music album for 'The Living Room Sessions Part I', Anoushka Shankar accepts the award on behalf of Ravi Shankar at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.

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Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar's wife Sukanya Rajan, second from right, is joined by daughter Anoushka Shankar, right, and daughter Norah Jones, third from right, during a memorial service for Ravi Shankar in Encinitas, California.

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Play it again... The sitar maestro with students at ‘The Ravi Shankar Centre’ in Chanakyapuri, Delhi

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Ravi Shankar with daughters Anoushka, left, and Norah Jones

The very picture of globalising music, in London, 1967

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Sitar artists pay tribute to Pt Ravi Shankar at Assi Ghat on the banks of River Ganga in Varanasi.

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Disciples of artist Sudarsan Pattnaik create a sand sculpture on Puri beach to pay tribute to legendary sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar.

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Students light candles to pay tribute to Ravi Shankar at the Bengali Tola Inter College where Shankar had studied in Varanasi.

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Students light candles to pay tribute to Ravi Shankar at the Bengali Tola Inter College where Shankar had studied in Varanasi.

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Tall men.

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With George Harrison, who among other things also 'edited and introduced' Ravi Shankar's autobiography

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With Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain who says of Ravi Shankar: 'He has been one of the few instrumentalists — probably the first one — to offer a spotlight on an accompanist. Before him, you never heard of an instrumentalist putting his instrument down, keeping time and letting the tabla-player take off. The credit in bringing the importance of the tabla accompanist to the forefront is probably singularly his.... A lot of what I am is definitely inspired through his personality, and not just musically speaking — personally speaking as well. My personality, the way I speak, the way I present myself, the words I choose — everything.'

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Three brothers at 'Hemangana': Ravi, Debendra and Rajendra Shankar at Ravi Shankar's Benares home

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1971: I asked him [Harrison] frankly, 'George, can you help me? because I knew that if I gave a concert [for Bangladesh] myself, I would not be able to raise a significant amount. He was really moved and said, 'Yes, something should be done.' That was when he wrote his song 'Bangla Desh'.

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With Pattie and George Harrison; sister-in-law Lakshmi Shankar and her sister Kamala Chakravarty, who was for many years Ravi Shankar's partner.

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With George Harrison in June 1966

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With Conrad Rooks on the streets of Paris

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1957, with Dizzy Gillespie

London, 1956

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With Satyajit Ray, in 1984

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The legendary jugalbandi partnership of Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan

Directing the music for Pather Panchali: Satyajit Ray reclines to the left of Ravi Shankar

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1960: Ravi Shankar and Lata Mangeshkar, the vocalist on Anuradha's soundtrack, and directing the ensemble

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An extraordinary cast list of Hindustani classical music. Seated (left to right) are Ravi Shankar, tabla player Hiru Ganguly, Allauddin Khan and Ali Akbar Khan

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Ravi Shankar and Annapurna Devi around 1953

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1938, Maihar

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Allaudin Khan with his young disciple Ravi Shankar outside the Uday Shankar India Culture Centre in Almora

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Ravi Shankar, playing the esraj, taken while in Calcutta during 1934

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Rajendra, Ravi, Debendra, Hemangini and Uday Shankar, outside the family home at 17 rue de Belvedere, Paris, 1932

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Being in Paris was like a dream... he arrived in 1930, aged 10.

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Ravi Shankar, aged about seven, with his maternal uncle Kunjo Bihari Banerjee, known as Kunjo mama. The photographer had apparently told him not to blink while the photograph was being taken — hence the trance like expression

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Revisiting the house where was born, on Tilebandeshwar Galli, Benares.

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A portrait of legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar is placed under a tree as part of a makeshift memorial at his music center, in New Delhi.

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Students light candles to pay tribute to legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar at the Bengali Tola Inter College in Varanasi, where he was born.

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File: Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar at the launch of 23rd edition of Limca Book of Records (Music Special) in New Delhi on Jan 31, 2012.

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File photo of sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar with the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the release of music album 'Samvedna' in New Delhi on Feb 10, 2002.

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File: Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar during a classical musical event in New Delhi on Dec 5, 2009.

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File photo of sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar with wife Sukanya Rajan at Spic Macay's 33rd year celebration, "Fest 2010" in New Delhi on Feb 17, 2010.

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File: Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar with daughter Anoushka during a press conference in New Delhi on Dec 3, 2009.

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File: Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar honours singer Asha Bhosle at the launch of 23rd edition of Limca Book of Records in New Delhi on Jan 31, 2012.

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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2012 file photo, Indian musician and sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, 92, performs during a concert in Bangalore.

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FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2002, Indian Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, right, and daughter Anoushka Shankar smile during a press conference in Calcutta.

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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 1967 file photo, George Harrison, of the Beatles, left, sits cross-legged with his musical mentor, Ravi Shankar of India, in Los Angeles, as Harrison explains to newsmen that Shankar is teaching him to play the sitar.

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In this 1967 file photo, Ravi Shankar plays his sitar in Los Angeles.

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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2002 file photo, Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, left, and his daughter Anoushka Shankar laugh during the shooting of a film endorsing the strengthening of Indian laws against animal cruelty in New Delhi.

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FILE - In this July 19, 2005 file photo, Indian musician Ravi Shankar performs during the opening day of the Paleo Festival, in Nyon, Switzerland.

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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2012 file photo, Indian musician Ravi Shankar laughs as he speaks during a concert in Bangalore.

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On The Khaali The humour in Limca Book of Records’ bringing out a top 10 of Indian maestros, minus him, was not lost on Pandit Ravi Shankar. While feting the others, he quipped about being more accustomed to receiving awards.

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Musician sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, right, honors playback singer Asha Bhosle during a function to launch 23rd edition of Limca book of records in music, in New Delhi.

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Symphony Of Joy After the news of the baby, it was time to tie the knot. At a small private ceremony, Anoushka, every bit the blushing bride, smiled as she exchanged garlands with her Mr Wright. Half-sister Norah Jones was there too. Yup, hearts were broken and tears shed, yet the tale has all the elements of a happily ever after....

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Type ‘Melbourne’ on Google search. Add ‘Indian’. Unlovely outpourings blight the screen. As if to expiate, the University of Melbourne conferred its highest honour—the Doctor of Laws degree—to Pandit Ravi Shankar. The begowned icon (note: intriguing headgear) poses with officials, wife Sukanya and daughter Anoushka.

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Sitarist Ravi Shankar receiving the honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Melbourne for his contribution to music and humanity, at a ceremony in Melbourne.

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Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar with wife Sukanya Rajan at Spic Macay's 33rd year celebration.

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Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar and his daughter Anoushka Shankar are seen at the shooting of a film endorsing the strengthening of Indian laws against animal cruelty in New Delhi.

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Sitarist Anoushka Shankar with her father Pandit Ravi Shankar at a press conference in Bangalore. The duo will perform in Bangalore on January 15.

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Allauddin KhanBaba Allauddin Khan of Maihar revived and institutionalised a gharana the traces its linage Tansen. An expert with every instrument, the Ustad developed the gayaki ang, which is literally playing a raaga on instruments in the same way as it is sung. His legacy to Hindustani classical music comprise his son sarodiya Ali Akbar Khan, and sitar maestro Ravi Shankar.

Sept. 23, 1974. With Ravi Shankar at London's Royal Albert Hall prior to "Ravi Shankar's Music festival from India". Friendship with Shankar was responsible for the concert for Bangladesh: "My friend came to me/With sadness in his eyes/Told me that he wanted help/Before his country dies"

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