Sunday, December 16, 2012
Ravi Shankar, sitar master and composer who introduced classical Indian music to the West, passed away on Tuesday. He was a major influence on George Harrison and on Western classical and jazz musicians. Shankar is shown above performing at the 1971 Madison Square Garden concert, organized by Harrison, to benefit the victims of war-torn Bangladesh. He also mesmerized the crowd with his performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Shankar was the father of sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar and singer-songwriter Norah Jones. Listen to the tribute to Ravi Shankar on the music show St. James Infirmary, hosted by my good friend Dr. Michael Mand.