Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar dies at 92 in California

Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, the global ambassador of Indian music, dies at 92 in California.

Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar passed away in San Diego, US, On Tuesday evening. He was admitted to Scripps Memorial Hospital last Thursday after he complained of breathlessness. He was 92.

The Prime Minister has condoled the death of the musician who was the “global ambassador of India’s cultural heritage”.

Ravi Shankar , who trained under Baba Allauddin Khan of the Senia Maihar gharana, enjoyed worldwide popularity and known for his in-depth understanding of various styles and schools of music.

He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 1962,and was named a Fellow of the academy for 1975. Shankar was awarded the three highest national civil honours of India: Padma Bhushan, in 1967, Padma Vibhushan, in 1981, and Bharat Ratna, in 1999.

He received the music award of the UNESCO International Music Council in 1975, three Grammy Awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award. Shankar was awarded honorary degrees from universities in India and the United States.

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