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Ravi Shankar, who has died aged 92 in San Diego, was the Indian maestro who put the sitar on the musical map. George Harrison called him "the godfather of world music" and it was Shankar's vision that brought the sounds of the raga into western consciousness, thus bridging the gap between eastern and western music for the first time. In a long career he was still winning awards in 2002 when his album Full Circle/Live at the Carnegie Hall (2000) achieved a Grammy for best album in the world music category. Shankar's distinction as a sitar player was his brilliant virtuosity, creativity and vast range of musicianship. In the west, certainly, his name is also synonymous with the music of India.

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There's a funny clip of him and his bandmates tuning their instruments in front of a bunch of hippies in California. When they finished tuning up, the crowd gave them a big ovation, thinking the song had ended :D

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RIP hugely influential and gives me the lame excuse of posting this, not by him but a tribute to him from the On-U Sound stable and Dub Syndicate

See thats what happens to you when you collaborate with the Schmeatles, you end up dead! ;)

And here's a near 20 min clip of the man himself from monterey Pop in the late 60's

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5sRbmJdsFI

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