Sitar legend Pandit Ravi Shankar dies at 92

  • Ravi Shankar, the sitar virtuoso who became a hippie musical icon of the 1960s after hobnobbing with the Beatles and who introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over an eight-decade career, has died in a US hospital. He was 92. (AP)
  • Ravi Shankar, whose health had been fragile for the past several years, underwent heart-valve replacement surgery on Thursday at the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California where he breathed his last. (AP)
  • In this file photo, Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, right, and daughter Anoushka Shankar smile during a press conference in Kolkata. (AP)
  • After finishing his studies in 1944, Ravi Shankar worked as a composer, creating the music for the "Apu Trilogy" by Satyajit Ray and Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi". For the latter film, he shared with George Fenton an Oscar for best original score in 1983. (AP)
  • In this August 3, 1967 file photo, George Harrison, of the Beatles (left) sits cross-legged with his musical mentor, Ravi Shankar of India, in Los Angeles, as Harrison explains to newsmen that Shankar is teaching him to play the sitar. (AP)
  • In this July 19, 2005 file photo, Ravi Shankar performs during the opening day of the Paleo Festival, in Nyon, Switzerland. (AP)
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that Pandit Ravi Shankar was a 'national treasure and global ambassador of India's cultural heritage'. (AP)

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