Sitar maestro Pt Ravi Shankar dies at 92
Sitar maestro Pt Ravi Shankar, who was unwell for quite some time, died in a San Diego hospital at 4.30 pm. He was undergoing treatment in California, USA, and also had a surgery on December 7.
The news of his death was confirmed by Indian ambassador in the US, Nirupama Rao. "Pandit Ravi Shankar.Mourn passing of a musical genius and gentle soul. Attended his last concert Nov in Calif. He played with such passion," she tweeted.
Mr Shankar has received various awards in his lifetime including the prestigious Grammy awards and the Bharat Ratna.
Few days before his death, Mr Shankar also made a call to Mr Amitabh Bachchan, wishing to speak to him. Later, Big B expressed his happiness about the call on his blog saying, "Strangely, and for the first time, I had a call from the house of the great sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. His wife Sukanya ji wanted to talk to me to get me to talk to Ravi Shankar ji, because he had expressed a desire to speak with me. He has been unwell she informed me and was going in for a surgery on Thursday. They are in California, USA.
"This has been a most unusual occurrence. We all know Pt Ravi Shankar, who doesn't? But I must admit that even though we have met on a few occasions, his association with my Father, our association with his elder brother the great dance exponent Uday Shankar, my own association with his son and daughter in law, and with Uday Shankar ji's actress daughter... this has been the first time ever, when such a request was made to me."
Pt Ravi Shankar is survived by his wife Sukanya and daughters Anoushka and Norah Jones. (Written by Lovely Mehrotra)