RAVI SHANKAR Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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Name: Ravi Shankar                                                                 
Born: 7 April 1920 Benares, United Provinces, British India                         
Pandit Ravi Shankar (born April 7, 1920, in Benares, United Provinces,             
British India) is a Bengali Indian sitar player and composer. He is a disciple     
of Baba Allauddin Khan, the founder of the Maihar gharana of Hindustani             
classical music.                                                                   
Ravi Shankar is one of the leading sitar players of the modern era. He has been     
a longtime musical collaborator of tabla-players Pandit Chatur Lal and Ustad       
Allah Rakha, and intermittently also of sarod-player Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. His     
collaborations with violinist Yehudi Menuhin, film maker Satyajit Ray, and the     
The Beatles (in particular, George Harrison) added to his international             
In 1999, Ravi Shankar was awarded the Bharat Ratna award, India's highest           
civilian honor.                                                                     
He is the brother of renowned dancer Uday Shankar, uncle of fellow Indian           
musician Ananda Shankar, and the father of singer Norah Jones and sitarist         
Anoushka Shankar, who were born in 1979 and 1981 to Sue Jones and Sukanya           
Shankar respectively.