R.I.P. Pandit Ravi Shankar

Pandit Ravi Shankar

Pandit Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar passed earlier today and despite the fact that I never got the chance to hear him perform live, much less just meet him, this is a sad occasion for me.  I found out about this from a facebook update by Saskia Rao De Haas, who is a phenomenal cellist doing classical Indian music and whose husband, Shubhendra Rao, was a student/protege of the master.

I really don’t care about the connection he had with the Beatles (since I really don’t care about the Beatles, anyway) but here is a musician who had an international career that spanned at least six decades and who probably did more than anyone else to expose people to Classical Indian Music which is every bit as sophisticated and complex as Western Classical Music!

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