April 7th, 2016 marks the birth anniversary of celebrated sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar.
New Delhi: Internet search giant Google has once again paid a wonderful tribute to the Indian musician by way of its trademark doodle.
Born in the 1920 as Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury, the musician was one of the best-known exponents of sitar as a composer of Hindustani classical music.
According to Wikipedia, Shankar developed a style distinct from that of his contemporaries and incorporated influences from rhythm practices of Carnatic music. His performances begin with solo alap, jor, and jhala (introduction and performances with pulse and rapid pulse) influenced by the slow and serious dhrupad genre, followed by a section with tabla accompaniment featuring compositions associated with the prevalent khyal style. Shankar often closed his performances with a piece inspired by the light-classical thumri genre.
Google's doodle on his birth anniversary celebrates the renowned artiste with an upright sitar in the middle of green creeper forming the word 'Google'.
Pandit Ravi Shankar died on December 11, 2012, in San Diego, California, after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery.