Ravi Shankar’s Early Life, Career, Recognition and Contribution to Music
December 12, 2012
- Pandit Ravi Shankar was born on April 7, 1920 at Varanasi.
- 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.
- He started performing sitar publicly in 1939.
- In contemporary Indian music, he is regarded as the best.
- He was considered as the ‘godfather of world music’.
- Ravi Shankar was associated with Beatles George Harrison and violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
- The maestro composed his first raga in 1945.
- 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.
- He got associated with George Harrison in 1970s and famed to international stardom.
- He composed for ballets and films in India, Canada, Europe and United States.
- He was the music director of All India Radio from 1949 to 1956.
- Ravi Shankar is the three-time Grammy award winner.
- His last performance was in California on November 4. Anoushka Shankar accompanied him in the concert.
- He was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1986.
- He composed the music for Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray which become internationally acclaimed.
- He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1967, Padma Vibhushan in 1981 and Bharat Ratna in 1999.
- Shankar married to Allauddin Khan’s daughter Annapurna Devi in 1941 but separated.
- 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.
- Anoushka Shankar was born to Ravi Shankar and Sukanya Rajan.
- Norah Jones was born to Shankar and Sue Jones.
- He died at the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California after going heart valve surgery on Thursday.
- He is survived by his wife Sukanya, daughters Anushka and Norah jones, 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.