12 December 2012
I'm in India (Bangalore and Hyderabad) and the news today is of the passing of Ravi Shankar, the sitar virtuoso who's music influenced the Beatles in the 60s and changed the genre in some ways. The first introduction to him that I had was through the music of his daughters on Concert for George (Harrison), a tribute concert to honor the late Beatle. From there, I explored his other music and in particular his influence on the Beatles and really have a lot of respect for the man. He was an amazingly talented musician, and all walks of music owe him a debt of gratitude. RIP Ravi Shankar.