Ustad Zakir Hussain’s Tribute to Pandit Ravi Shankar

Tribute to Pandit Ravi Shankar

Fans, admirers, and fellow musicians from around the world paid rich tributes to Ravi Shankar, the Indian musician and composer who died on 11-Dec-2012 at the age of 92. Ravi Shankar played the sitar and was the best-known contemporary Indian musician and attained fame in the west after influencing the Beatles.

A tribute in the Los Angeles Times said, “The classically trained Shankar was a darling of the hippie movement, gaining widespread attention through memorable performances at the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock and the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh … [George] Harrison called him “the godfather of world music,” and the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin once compared the sitarist’s genius to Mozart’s … Well-established in the classical music of his native India since the 1940s, he remained a vital figure on the global music stage for six decades.”

Ustad Zakir Hussain, who had accompanied Ravi Shankar on countless performances, said it most movingly: “Beings like him don’t die, they just go back to heaven to take their rightful place amongst the Gods. Today, with his presence heaven is enriched.”

See historic photos of Pandit Ravi Shankar on the website of the Asia Society.

Ravi Shankar, Indian musician and composer

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