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Mamata remembers sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar on his anniversary

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday remembered sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar on his death anniversary.
“Remembering Pandit Ravi Shankar Ji on his death anniversary,” Banerjee posted on her social networking page.
Born on April 7, 1920 in Benares (now Varanasi), Pandit Ravi Shankar was one of the most influential and prolific Indian sitar maestros. His exceptional talent, enormous contribution to music catapulted him to stardom and till date he is considered as the world’s best-known exponent of Indian classical music.
A sitar virtuoso, he became the world’s best-known export of North Indian classical music in the second half of the 20th century and influenced many musicians in India and throughout the world. Shankar was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1999.
He spent his youth as a dancer touring India and Europe with the dance group of his brother Uday Shankar. He gave up dancing in 1938 to study sitar playing under court musician Allauddin Khan. After finishing his studies in 1944, Shankar worked as a composer, creating the music for the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray, and was music director of All India Radio, New Delhi, from 1949 to 1956.
From 1986 to 1992, he served as a nominated member of Rajya Sabha, He continued to perform until the end of his life.
He died on this day in 2012.
The sitar maestro was honored with a Bharat Ratna; had won 5 Grammys, and nomination for an Academy award, too. (UNI)

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