Ravi Shankar's last performance celebrated his music

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 06:29 hrs

Indian Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, who died in a US hospital on Tuesday, gave just a little over a month back what was to be his final public performance, billed as a celebration of his tenth decade of creating music.

For the 92-year-old musician, who had suffered from upper-respiratory and heart issues over the past year performing, and especially touring, became increasingly difficult in recent months, the Ravi Shankar Foundation said in a statement.

"However, health couldn't prevent Shankar from performing with his daughter, sitarist Anoushka Shankar, on November 4 in Long Beach, California," it said.

This need of Shankar's to constantly be moving forward and creating was present even in the final years of his life as he embarked on establishing his own recording label, East Meets West Music.

Listen: The many sounds of Pandit Ravi Shankar

The album The Living Room Sessions, Part 1 has received a 2013 Grammy nomination, news of which reached Shankar the night prior to his surgery.

In a review of the record, Songlines magazine stated that the master has lost "absolutely nothing in the way of musical virtuosity, technical brilliance and the kind of high-energy passion that belongs in concert performances."

"Memorial plans will be announced. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Ravi Shankar Foundation. Donations can be made online at JustGive.org, the statement said.

Ravi Shankar maintained residences both in India and the United States.

He is survived by his wife Sukanya; daughter Norah Jones; daughter Anoushka Shankar Wright and husband Joe Wright; 3 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

--Indo-Asian News Service


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