The Beatles member George Harrison once called Ravi Shankar the “Godfather of world music”. With great sadness, we must report that Ravi Shankar has passed away at age 92. He was in his San Diego home with his wife and daughter upon his passing.
While I cannot offer a great history of his life and his many, many accomplishments (I suggest you turn to this article on Yahoo for more information), I can say that I myself have experienced a Ravi Shankar live performance first hand and it was a truly mesmerizing experience. What made me enjoy the concert so much was his appreciation of each performer on stage, giving them each a chance to showcase not only their skills and talents, but also their joy and passion. Truly, this was a man that appreciated showing the world what each of us were, and are, capable of. I am deeply saddened and I offer my deepest condolences to his family, to his friends, and to the many, many students of his, be they immediate disciples or simply listeners who took his music to heart.
R.I.P. Ravi Shankar. I thank you for all the music you have brought to this world. Sleep well.