Ravi Shankar’s Early Life, Career, Recognition and Contribution to Music

  1. Pandit Ravi Shankar was born on  April 7, 1920 at Varanasi.
  2. Initially, he was associated with dancing but switch over to sitar in 1934. He learnt it from Ustad Allauddin Khan and completed his training in 1944.
  3. He started performing sitar publicly in 1939.
  4. In contemporary Indian music, he is regarded as the best.Pandit Ravi Shanker
  5. He was considered as the ‘godfather of world music’.
  6.  Ravi Shankar was associated with Beatles George Harrison and  violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
  7. The maestro composed his first raga in 1945.
  8. His popularity in the West touched at a high level in 1960  due to his performance, tour and association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and George Harrison of Beatles.
  9. He got associated with George Harrison in 1970s and famed to international stardom.
  10. He composed for ballets and films in India, Canada, Europe and United States.
  11. He was the music director of All India Radio from 1949 to 1956.
  12. Ravi Shankar is the three-time Grammy award winner.
  13. His last performance was in California on November 4. Anoushka Shankar accompanied him in the concert.
  14.  He was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1986.
  15. He composed the music for Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray which become internationally acclaimed.
  16. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1967, Padma Vibhushan in 1981 and Bharat Ratna in 1999.
  17.  Shankar married to Allauddin Khan’s daughter Annapurna Devi in 1941 but separated.
  18.  He had also relationship with Kamala Shastri and Sue Jones. He got separated from Kamala Shastri in 1981 and lived with  Sue Jones till 1986.
  19. Anoushka Shankar was born to Ravi Shankar and Sukanya Rajan.
  20. Norah Jones was born to Shankar and Sue Jones.
  21. He died at the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California after going heart valve surgery on Thursday.
  22. He is survived by his wife Sukanya, daughters Anushka and Norah jones, 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

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