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Also Known As: Pandit Ravi Shankar Died: December 11, 2012
Born: April 7, 1920 Cause of Death: Undetermined
Birth Place: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, IN Profession:

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Arguably the most widely recognized Indian musician in the world, Ravi Shankar was a sitar player and composer who helped to introduce the music of his country through his enormous catalog of recordings, the soundtracks to internationally acclaimed films like Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy" (1955-56, 1959) and through his friendship with Beatle George Harrison. After decades of work in his native land as both a composer and orchestrator for Indian radio, he traveled West to bring sitar music to America and Europe. Extensive touring and recording there introduced him to Harrison, who studied sitar under Shankar in the late 1960s. The Beatles connection allowed Shankar access to some of the biggest cultural events of the decade, including the Monterey International Music Festival and Woodstock Festival, but he preferred composing and lecturing to the spotlight. Shankar would remain in the public eye throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including an Oscar-nominated stint as composer for "Gandhi" (1980), but his role as performer and teacher became his preferred method of disseminating his music to the world. Still active in his ninth decade, his influence was felt on generations of world music performers, as...

Arguably the most widely recognized Indian musician in the world, Ravi Shankar was a sitar player and composer who helped to introduce the music of his country through his enormous catalog of recordings, the soundtracks to internationally acclaimed films like Satyajit Ray's "Apu Trilogy" (1955-56, 1959) and through his friendship with Beatle George Harrison. After decades of work in his native land as both a composer and orchestrator for Indian radio, he traveled West to bring sitar music to America and Europe. Extensive touring and recording there introduced him to Harrison, who studied sitar under Shankar in the late 1960s. The Beatles connection allowed Shankar access to some of the biggest cultural events of the decade, including the Monterey International Music Festival and Woodstock Festival, but he preferred composing and lecturing to the spotlight. Shankar would remain in the public eye throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including an Oscar-nominated stint as composer for "Gandhi" (1980), but his role as performer and teacher became his preferred method of disseminating his music to the world. Still active in his ninth decade, his influence was felt on generations of world music performers, as well as through his own children, the pop-jazz singer Norah Jones and sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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2.
 Reaching Silence (2006)
4.
 Nuts (1987)
5.
 Genesis (1986)
7.
 Raga (1971)
8.
 Chappaqua (1967) Sun God
9.
 The World Of Apu (1959)
10.
 Aparajito (1957)
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Moved to Paris, France at 10 years old
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Traveled throughout U.S. in 1930s as a member of brother's dance troupe
1935:
Began studying under legendary musician Allauddin Khan; returned to India
1955:
Composed music for director Satyajit Ray¿s acclaimed "Apu Trilogy"
1957:
Earned Silver Bear Award from the Berlin International Film Festival for music in Tapan Sinha¿s "Kabuliwala"
1966:
Beatle George Harrison traveled to India to study with him
1966:
Released critically acclaimed album <i>West Meets East</i>, a collaboration with Yehudi Menuhin
1967:
Performed at the Monterey Pop Festival
1968:
Published autobiography <i>My Music, My Life</i>
1969:
Performed at historic Woodstock Festival
1971:
Along with Harrison, featured in director Howard Worth's film "Raga"
1974:
Collaborated with Harrison on album <i>Shankar Family and Friends</i>; toured North America
1982:
Composed music for Richard Attenborough¿s epic "Gandhi"; earned Oscar nomination for Best Music, Original Score
1986:
Served as a nominated member of the upper chamber of the Parliament of India
1999:
Awarded India's highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna
2002:
Daughter and tour mate Anoushka released book about him titled <i>Bapi: Love of My Life</i>
2002:
Daughter Norah Jones released Grammy-winning debut album <i>Come Away with Me</i>
2007:
Appeared in drama feature "Hit for Six"
2012:
Performed final concert with daughter Anoushka at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, CA
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