George Harrison and Ravi Shankar

The Indian prime minister has announced Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar has died. He was 92. He was best known for bringing Sitar music to the western world, and collaborating with many western artists, notably The Beatles.

A tweet from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s official Twitter account said: “Prime Minister condoles the passing away of Pandit Ravishankar – A national treasure and global ambassador of India’s cultural heritage.”

The Hindu newspaper reported that Shankar died Tuesday in California. He’d been admitted to the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla last week after complaining of breathing difficulties.

He’s survived by his wife, Sukanya, and his daughters, sitar player Anushka Shankar and singer Norah Jones, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


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