Ravi Shankar (1920-2012), Legendary Sitar Player

Ravi Shankar

image via East Meets West Music

Musician and composer Pandit Ravi Shankar has died at the age of 92. He was known for teaching George Harrison of the Beatles how to play the sitar and for bringing Indian music to the West. According to a statement by the Ravi Shankar Foundation and East Meets West Music (pdf), he passed away on December 11, 2012 near his home in Southern California due to ongoing medical issues. His family also released a statement, along with an obituary by Oliver Craske (pdf). The New York Times has posted his obituary online.

Here he is on The Dick Cavett Show:

Here he is teaching George Harrison how to play sitar:

George Harrison

image via George Harrison

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