Sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar died near his home in Southern California, on 11th December 2012.
Pandit Ravi Shankar had suffered from upper respiratory and heart issues over the past year and underwent heart-valve replacement surgery last week. The surgery was successful but Ravi Shankar was unable to recover,
Wife of Pandit Ravi Shankar Sukanya and daughter Anoushka said,
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the surgeons and doctors taking care of him, his body was not able to withstand the strain of the surgery. We were at his side when he passed away.
Ravi Shankar’s last performance was at a concert with his daughter Anoushka Shankar on November 4 in Long Beach, California,
He was nominated for a Grammy for his latest album ‘The Living Room Sessions, Part 1’ one night before his surgery,
he is also credited with popularizing Indian music through his work with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and The Beatles in the late 1960s.
he also helped introduce the sitar to the Western world through his collaborations with The Beatles, he was a three time Grammy Award winner with legendary appearances at the 1967 Monterey Festival and Woodstock,
Pandit Ravi Shankar’s Family said,
Although it is a time for sorrow and sadness, it is also a time for all of us to give thanks and to be grateful that we were able to have him as a part of our lives. He will live forever in our hearts and in his music.
We thank Pandit Ravi Shankar for being with us and giving us great music all his life, along with your music you will live in everyone’s heart forever.