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« on: December 12, 2012, 10:23:38 AM »

Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar dies at 92
NEW DELHI (AP) — With an instrument perplexing to most Westerners, Ravi Shankar helped connect the world through music. The sitar virtuoso hobnobbed with the Beatles, became a hippie musical icon and spearheaded the first rock benefit concert as he introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over nearly a century.

From George Harrison to John Coltrane, from Yehudi Menuhin to David Crosby, his connections reflected music's universality, though a gap persisted between Shankar and many Western fans. Sometimes they mistook tuning for tunes, while he stood aghast at displays like Jimi Hendrix's burning guitar.

Shankar died Tuesday at age 92. A statement on his website said he died in San Diego, near his Southern California home with his wife and a daughter by his side. The musician's foundation issued a statement saying that he had suffered upper respiratory and heart problems and had undergone heart-valve replacement surgery last week...

http://music.yahoo.com/news/indian-sitar-virtuoso-ravi-shankar-dies-92-045723085.html
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2012, 12:29:49 PM »

Wow....he was such an iconic figure of the 60s. We used to have a cassette of his music and it was facinating to listen to. The sitar is a very difficult instrument to master,too....an unusual and talented man he was.

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