He married Rajan in 1989 and trained young Anoushka as his heir on the sitar. In recent years, father and daughter toured the world together.
When Jones shot to stardom and won five Grammy awards in 2003, Anoushka Shankar was nominated for a Grammy of her own.
Shankar, himself, has won three Grammy awards and was nominated for an Oscar for his musical score for the movie “Gandhi.”
Despite his fame, numerous albums and decades of world tours, Shankar’s music remained a riddle to many Western ears.
Shankar was amused after he and colleague Ustad Ali Akbar Khan were greeted with admiring applause when they opened the Concert for Bangladesh by twanging their sitar and sarod for a minute and a half.
“If you like our tuning so much, I hope you will enjoy the playing more,” he told the confused crowd, and then launched into his set.
Associated Press Writer Ravi Nessman in Bangkok contributed to this report.