Today Ravi Shankar passed away. He was 92. Of course he’s known around the world for the inspiration he provided to The Beatles in the 1960s, George Harrison in particular, and perhaps less so for being the father of the equally talented Norah Jones. But he never forgot where he started, and music always remained at the his core. His sitar skills were, for some, beyond compare, and he pretty much introduced the western world to the mysterious sounds and capabilities of that instrument. It was prominent in a lot of popular music in western cultures during the 1970s, the hippies loved it, and you can probably thank Shankar for that.
Here’s a great collaboration with tabla master Ustad Allah Rakha Khan. Rest in Peace, Pandit, and thank you for a back catalogue of truly astonishing sounds.