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Ravi Shankar
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Ravi Shankar

Bharat Ratna Ravi Shankar (born April 7, 1920) is an Indian (Bengali) musician best known for being a virtuoso at the sitar. A disciple of Baba Allauddin Khan (founder of the Maihar Gharana of Hindustani classical music), Pandit Ravi Shankar is arguably the most well known Indian musician.

He was generally unknown outside of India until musician George Harrison, a member of The Beatles, began experimenting with the sitar in 1965. The two eventually met due to this common interest and became close friends and that in turn gave Shankar worldwide fame as Harrison's mentor.

This development greatly expanded his career as he was invited to play in venues that were unusual for a classical musician like himself such as the 1967 Monterey Music Festival; this took place in Monterey, California, about 100 miles south of San Francisco.

Since then, he has maintained a steady and acclaimed career as a musician and recording artist.

He currently resides in Encinitas, California.

His daughters Anoushka Shankar and Grammy winner Norah Jones are also musicians.

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