Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar performs during a charity concert in Athens on May 12, 2003. The renowned musician, composer, writer, and teacher has passed away at the age of 92 at a hospital in San Diego, Calif. Shankar is well known for introducing traditional Indian music to the West and has received many awards and honours from India as well as worldwide. He has written concertos for the sitar and orchestra, violin-sitar compositions, and music for ballets and films in India, Canada, Europe, and the United States. In the 1960s Shankar collaborated with violin maestro Yehudi Menuhin on the Grammy-Award winning album “West Meets East.” He also taught and worked with George Harrison in the ’60s, including composing music for two albums, “Shankar Family and Friends” and “Festival of India,” that were produced by Harrison. Menuhin compared Shankar’s genius and humanity to that of Mozart, while Harrison described him as the “godfather of world music.” (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)
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