Ravi Shankar, India’s greatest musician of modern times, left us at the age of 92, on 11 December 2012. Obituaries:
*Reginald Massey, ‘Ravi Shankar obituary – Indian virtuoso who took the sitar to the world’ –
The Guardian, 12 Dec 2012 – www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/dec/12/ravi-shankar-dies
*(unsigned), ‘Pandit Ravi Shankar, sitar maestro, passes away in California’ – The Times of India, 12 Dec 2012 –
These obituaries give a far stronger sense than I ever could of the range and influence of the great sitarist’s work, his creative energy and his dynamism.
I would point out, though, that his musical importance in both East and West goes far beyond his momentary association with the Beatles.
Meanwhile, his two musician daughters, Norah Jones in the US and Anoushka Shankar in India, shine in their respective domains, make another bridge between East and West and will remain keepers of the flame.