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RAVI SHANKAR DIES; WAS NORAH JONES’ DAD, PIONEER OF ROCK BENEFITS



NEW DELHI (AP) – Depending on your age, you’ll remember him as a musical icon of the 1960s who hung out with the Beatles – or the father of Norah Jones. Ravi Shankar has died. The Indiana virtuoso who played the sitar passed away yesterday in San Diego. He was 92. Because of his collaboration with the Beatles, Shankar helped many music lovers discover the traditions of Indian music. He also pioneered the concept of the rock benefit – with the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh – a tradition will continues tonight with the 12-12-12 concert, also at New York’s Madison Square Garden. His daughter, Norah Jones, became a much bigger star than he was in the U.S. – though she and Shankar were estranged.

 

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