Delhi: Pandit Ravi Shankar, the Sitar maestro who passed away at the age of 92 Wednesday, is to be conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award posthumously. The organisers of the top awards of the music industry spoke about their decision Wednesday.
The Sitar maestro is a part of a seven-name list which includes musicians like Carol King and The Temptations; to be awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award this year at the Grammy’s.
When asked whether Pandit Ravi Shankar’s death was the reason he was chosen for the award, Stephanie Schell, a spokesperson for the Awards Committee, told AFP, “He was selected before his death and notified last week he was receiving the honour.”
The man who was undoubtedly India’s cultural ambassador to the West; who taught the likes of George Harrison the art of playing the Sitar – Pandit Ravi Shankar – passed away Wednesday morning IST in San Diego, California. His family was by his side when the maestro breathed his last.