Indian sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar passed away on December 11, 2012, in San Diego. He was suffering from upper-respiratory problems over the past year and could not get through the stress of his last operation. He was 92 years old and is survived by his daughters Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones, as well as his wife Sukanya. The musician also has 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Pandit Ravi Shankar was admitted to the Scripps Memorial Hospital on December 6, 2012, in La Jolla, following complaints of breathing difficulty. He underwent heart-valve replacement on the same day and was recovering from the surgery. However, this proved to be too much for the 92-year-old musician to bear and he passed away at 4.30 pm PST.
One of the world’s most famous sitar players, Ravi Shanker captivated Western culture after collaborations with musicians such as George Harrison from ‘The Beatles’, this led him to open up doors to the Indian classical music scene to people from other countries.
According to reports, the sitar player expressed a desire to talk to the Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan last week. Amitabh said that he had received a call from Sukanya saying that Shankar wanted to talk to him as he was not well and would be going in for surgery soon.
Pandit Ravi Shankar’s death will be mourned by all of India and the world, as he was one of the most well-known faces in Indian classical music.