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Ravi Shankar, World-Famous Sitarist, Dead at 92

World mourns loss of famed Indian sitarist

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India's Ravi Shankar, possibly the world's most famous sitarist, died early Wednesday at the age of 92, reported the Associated Press.

Shankar passed away at a San Diego hospital, where he had reportedly been since last week after suffering breathing problems, said BBC News.

Shankar was a sitar legend. His concerts at places like Woodstock and the 1967 Monterey Pop festival helped bring Indian music to the world stage, said BBC.

He leaves behind almost an 80-year career full of success—he even "hobnobbed with The Beatles," said AP, with George Harrison calling him "the godfather of world music."

The three-time Grammy winner was born in Varanasi, India, into a musical Bengali family; Shankar started off as dancer with his brother's group, said BBC.

India's prime minister's office today responded to news by mourning a "national treasure," said AP. Shankar, who has lived in California for the last few years, was given the highest civilian title in India, the Bharat Ratna (Jewel of India) in 1999, said BBC.

He is survived by his wife Sukanya and two daughters, the award-winning singer Norah Jones and sitar player Anoushka Shankar.