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News |  11 Dec 2013 10:53 |  By RnMTeam

A year gone by and still receiving nominations- Pandit Ravi Shankar

MUMBAI: A year ago, on this day, the world suffered the loss of a legendary music maestro, Pandit Ravi Shankar. Father to world music, Sitar player Anoushka Shankar and jazz and blues singer Norah Jones, Panditji has countless awards and collaborations to his credit.

Regarded as the guru of Indian classical music to American audiences with his frequent concerts and film scores, Panditji was a sought after collaborator in the global music scene, having worked with celebrated musicians as George Harrison, Yehudi Menuhin, Jean Pierre Rampal and Ali Akhbar Khan to name a few.

George Harrison described Panditji as the Godfather of World music, a title reinforced with the recently announced posthumous Grammy nomination for his last album Living Room Sessions Vol.2, which was released after his demise at 92.

He received his second Grammy award for his album Living Room Sessions Vol.1 along with a Lifetime Achievement Award that was received by his Daughters Anoushka and Norah. Upon receiving news of the nomination, Anoushka Shankar posted the following status on her Facebook page, "So thrilled to have just heard that my father's last album, The Living Room Sessions Volume Two, released after his passing, has been nominated for a World Music Grammy, just like its winning predecessor Volume One (which won against me!). What moving and happy news."

As the world reminisces the Bharat Ratna awardee’s death anniversary, his daughter knows she is not alone. The post on her Facebook page says, "One year today since my dear Guru and father passed away. Had a beautiful Puja at the Ravi Shankar Centre in Delhi this morning surrounded by his friends and disciples. My heart is full. Sending wishes of peace and love to all of you on your individual journeys."

In his music life journey, Panditji created about 30 ragas and received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Ramon Magsaysay Award, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan, apart from numerous others. He also established the Ravi Shankar Foundation in 1977 by donating all his prize money and collections from several fund raising concerts to benefit the Foundation, with the objective to create a musical atmosphere for a select few, extremely talented and hardworking students to be introduced to the age-old tradition of the Gurukul System of learning.

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