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Ravi Shankar: 4 Superstars He Influenced
Posted By Patrick Kiger On December 12, 2012 @ 2:00 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
Ravi Shankar is most famous to Americans as the sitar player who in the 1960s influenced such rock superstars as the Beatles’ George Harrison. But the virtuoso of traditional Indian music, who died Dec. 11 at age 92 in southern California, had a broader artistic and spiritual purpose than merely adding an exotic flair to western pop songs.
Shankar’s website  features this 2009 quote: “Music transcends all languages and barriers and is the most beautiful communicative skill one can have. Music makes us all experience different emotions or the Navarasa as we call it. Different types of music, whether it is vocal or instrumental, Eastern or Western, classical or pop or folk from any part of the world can all be spiritual if it has the power to stir the soul of a person and transcend time for the moment.”
Not surprisingly, Shankar had a profound effect on those who worked with him, not just with his technical skill. Here are a few famous names in music whose paths intersected with his:
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 website: http://www.ravishankar.org/reflections.html
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 Lewis Porter: http://books.google.com/books?id=qlilxHfYcW4C&pg=PA329&dq=coltrane+shankar&hl=en&sa=X&ei=8J3IUM72AvPG0AG-lIGYBA&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=shankar&f=false
 1974 New York Times interview with Shankar: http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive/pdf?res=F00F1EF93C5A157B93C4A91783D85F428785F9
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