Sitar player and “the godfather of world music” (nickname coined by George Harrison), Ravi Shankar, passed away at 92 yesterday (December 11th, 2012) in San Diego. His foundation issued a statement saying that he had heart-valve replacement surgery last week, and suffered upper respiratory and heart problems.
Ravi was well-known for his work and time spent with the Beatles, and also the fact that Norah Jones is his daughter. Did you know that, in addition to his work with the Beatles, he wrote classical concertos for sitar? My parents actually went to a few performances of those at the New York Philharmonic.
Here’s a video of Ravi teaching George Harrison how to play the sitar. He comments on integrating Indian music into pop music — it’s very interesting: