Ravi Shankar

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Birthday
7, 1920
Birthplace
Varanasi, India
Death Date
Dec 11, 2012 (92)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
7, 1920
Birthplace
Varanasi, India
Death Date
Dec 11, 2012 (92)

About

Gifted Indian sitar player who helped introduce the instrument to a wider audience. He was known for his use of Carnatic music and was given the title Pandit.

Before Fame

He toured India and Europe with his brother Uday Shankar's famous dance group, eventually giving it up to learn the sitar with Allauddin Khan.

Trivia

He was especially close to George Harrison of The Beatles, a friendship that gained him international recognition and influenced the track "Within You Without You" from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles' 1967 Grammy Award-winning album.

Family Life

He married Roshanara Annapurna Khan in 1941, but the couple divorced in 1961. He married Sukanya Ranjan in 1988. He had two daughters, Norah and Anoushka, and a son, Shubhendra.

Associated With

He collaborated with Yehudi Menuhin on the 1966 album West Meets East, which garnered the duo a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 1967.