Ravi Shankar

Quick Facts

  • World’s most well-known expert of classical Indian music in the late 20th century
  • As a child/teenager, studied music and dance; toured Europe and the U.S. with a dancing group
  • At the age of 18, started to study the sitar and became a virtuoso player
  • Music leader of the national public radio station of India for 7 years
  • George Harrison (guitarist of the Beatles) studied sitar under Shankar and collaborated with him.
  • Won many awards, including 5 Grammy Awards
  • Nominated for an Academy Award (with co-writer) for Best Original Score for 1982 film, Gandhi
  • His daughter, Norah Jones, is a singer / songwriter.


  • Ravi Shankar poster (PDF)

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