Sitarist Ravi Shankar Dies
GRAMMY-winning sitarist Ravi Shankar died Dec. 11 at a hospital near his home in San Diego. Shankar had been suffering from heart issues and underwent heart-valve replacement surgery last week. He was 92. A pioneering musician, Shankar helped introduce Indian music and the sitar to generations of musicians and listeners, inspiring such artists as the Beatles, violinist Yehudi Menuhin and jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. He won his first GRAMMY in 1967 for Best Chamber Music Performance for West Meets East, a collaboration with Menuhin. In 1971 Shankar and George Harrison organized the Concert for Bangladesh, which is noted as one of the most significant benefit concerts in music history. The accompanying album from the concert, which featured Shankar, Harrison and Eric Clapton, among others, won a GRAMMY for Album Of The Year in 1972. Shankar's most recent GRAMMY win came in 2000 for Best World Music Album for Full Circle — Carnegie Hall 2000. Released in April, Shankar's The Living Room Sessions Part 1 is nominated for Best World Music Album for the the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards. His daughter, sitarist Anoushka Shankar, is nominated in the same category for her album Traveller. Shankar is also survived by daughter and fellow GRAMMY winner Norah Jones. Shankar will be honored posthumously with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy in February 2013.