Two of Britain`s most famous musicians, Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, have described Pandit Ravi Shankar as `the real thing` after experiencing a performance by the Indian sitar maestro in the early 1950s.
The Department of Posts will release commemorative stamps this year honouring eminent musicians of India, including late Pandit Ravi Shankar, Bhimsen Joshi and D K Pattammal and legendary movie actors.
Indian sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar was remembered fondly by his friends and family who gathered today to `celebrate the life` of the music legend, whose greatest legacy inarguably lies in bridging the East-West cultural chasm.
He was a non-conformist from the very beginning. And perhaps, that attracted women towards Pandit Ravi Shankar. A gypsy at heart, the man found solace in perhaps music the most till a very late period of his life.
The Prime Minister’s Office, announcing Pandit Ravi Shankar’s demise, termed him “a national treasure”. Appreciative as the title is, it doesn’t even begin to capture the reach and musical influence the sitar maestro had on the world.