Ravi Shankar dies aged 92 | Music News

Critically acclaimed and culture influencing sitar genius Ravi Shankar, who has been described as a “national treasure and global ambassador of India’s cultural heritage”, has been announced dead aged 92.

The Indian musician and composer, whose work permeated much of modern music including legends like The Beatles, was admitted to the Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego early last week for surgery, but failed to fully recover and died yesterday.

In a statement issued by, Shankar’s wife Sukanya and daughter Anoushka said he “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”

“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. He will live forever in our hearts and in his music.”

The multi-award winning artist is survived by three children (including the incredible Norah Jones).

R.I.P Ravi Shankar (April 7, 1920 – December 11, 2012).


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