b.1920 - d.2012
Ravi Shankar is the world's foremost sitar-virtuoso and composer, the man christened by George Harrison as the 'Godfather of World Music,' who spearheaded the international spread of Indian culture. Shankar’s career spanned decades, continents, art forms and musical genres.
'Music is his life... He is the music and the music is him.' - George Harrison
Synonymous in the west with the classical music of India, the maestro Ravi Shankar was revered in his homeland and credited with bringing the sounds of the Indian raga to the world stage.
Ravi Shankar's career spanned decades, continents, art forms and musical genres. Perhaps best known to western audiences as the man who taught sitar to the Beatles' George Harrison, he was a sitar master, composer, innovator and peacemaker, and his influence still reverberates today.