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.”