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“It is with heavy hearts we write to inform you that Pandit Ravi Shankar, husband, father, and musical soul, passed away today, December 11th, 2012. As you all know, his health has been fragile for the past several years and on Thursday he underwent a surgery that could have potentially given him a new lease of life. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the surgeons and doctors taking care of him, his body was not able to withstand the strain of the surgery. We were at his side when he passed away.
We know that you all feel our loss with us, and we thank you for all of your prayers and good wishes through this difficult time. Although it is a time for sorrow and sadness, it is also a time for all of us to give thanks and to be grateful that we were able to have him as a part of our lives. His spirit and his legacy will live on forever in our hearts and in his music.
Sukanya & Anoushka Shankar”
The world has lost a great man and a great artist.
Heartfelt condolences go to his family, but at the same time we recognize how lucky we were to have lived at the same time as Ravi Shankar, and to have enjoyed his unique genius.
The poster above was printed for a concert I attended ca. 1971 in Houston, Texas. Click on the image to reach his website and additional information. I was a devoted fan of Ravi Shankar and his music from my early days in school. A story about my encounter with him may be found in an earlier Tumblr. Wikipedia also has an extensive biography.
Ravi Shankar and Anouska Shankar ~ BBC
“As part of India & Pakistan’s 50 Years of Independence celebrations, Pandit Ravi Shankar, accompanied by his daughter Anoushka Shankar, perform live for the BBC at The Symphony Hall, Birmingham.” (11:12)
I discovered the music of Ravi Shankar, in the 1960s when my mother studied yoga. I began attending a few live concerts of his in Houston while still in high school in the early 1970s.
Many years later at The University of Texas, Ravi Shankar (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravi_Shankar), came to Austin to perform a benefit concert for the Asian music program. He was at the time completing a collaborative album with Philip Glass (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Glass).
I was pleased to attend lunch with Ravi Shankar and the leading concert sponsor one day while we were preparing for the event. Of course, that is a memory I will always cherish.