Taking Names: Indian sitar virtuoso Shankar dies at 92

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With an instrument perplexing to most Westerners, Ravi Shankar helped connect the world through music. The sitar virtuoso hobnobbed with the Beatles, became a hippie musical icon and spearheaded the first rock benefit concert as he introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences.

From George Harrison to John Coltrane, from Yehudi Menuhin to David Crosby, his connections reflected music’s universality, though a gap persisted between Mr. Shankar and many Western fans.

Mr. Shankar died Tuesday at age 92. A statement on his website said he died in San Diego, near his Southern California home with his wife and a daughter by his side. The musician’s foundation issued a statement saying he had suffered upper respiratory and heart problems and had undergone heart-valve replacement surgery last week.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called Mr. Shankar a “national treasure.”

Labeled “the godfather of world music” by Harrison, Mr. Shankar helped millions of classical, jazz and rock lovers discover the centuries-old traditions of Indian music.

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He also pioneered the concept of the rock concert benefit with the 1971 Concert For Bangladesh. To later generations, he was known as the estranged father of popular American singer Norah Jones.

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