Wednesday, December 12, 2012

When the music comes alive: Ravi Shankar

The music world is in mourning.  Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar -- father of pianist/vocalist Norah Jones -- died Tuesday, December 11, at the age of 92.

He collaborated with some musical greats -- George Harrison, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, saxophonist John Coltrane, composer Phillip Glass and conductor Andre Previn.  That's what helped him to bridge the gap between East and West.  Shankar was a traditionalist in Indian classical music, and those musicians from the West -- Harrison in particular -- were crucial to helping Panditji build that bridge.

Between appearances in legendary events like Woodstock, Monterey Pop, and Harrison's concerts, his music in the film "Gandhi" and any other time he showed his mastery of one of the world's most unique instruments -- whether it was live or recorded in a studio -- Shankar's status as a musical legend has been assured for years.

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