‘The Beatles’ guitarist Sir Paul McCartney has admitted that he and his bandmate George Harrison got inspiration for their classic songs from anything they found funny, including a cinema advert for a furniture brand.
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.
He was one of the most important musicians of our times. Not just because George Harrison belonged to the Beatles but also because he was the first musician of global repute to try a fusion of different musical styles, especially Indian.