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Ravi Shankar

Musician Ravi Shankar

Full Name: Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury
Profession: Musician


Biography: Best known for popularizing the sitar, a stringed musical instrument, and Indian classical music, during the second half of the 20th century. As a composer, he created music for radio, film, and concert settings. His friendships and collaborations with western classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin (West Meets East, 1967), and popular music guitarist George Harrison of the Beatles (Concert for Bangladesh, 1971) exposed his work to wider audiences.

In addition to his work in India, he performed with western orchestras in Moscow, America, and London, as well as festivals such as Montery Pop, and Woodstock. He continued to perform until just weeks before his death at age 92

He won 5 Grammy Awards, and was nominated for an Oscar for his score to the film "Ghandi".

He is the father of musicians Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar.

Born: April 7, 1920
Birthplace: Benares, Benares State, British India

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Aries

Died: December 11, 2012 (aged 92)
Cause of Death: Complications from heart surgery

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