Leaders, artistes remember sitar legend Pandit Ravi Shankar

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Actress-politician Jaya Bachchan said, "He was the first artiste who was internationally known. He has made India famous. It is a shock to me. Amitji spoke to him recently".

Amitabh Bachchan had recently blogged about Ravi Shankar's wish to speak to him over the phone from California.

Music maestro AR Rahman tweeted, "Indian Classical Music has lost its chief ambassador and India its Bharat Ratna... May God bless his soul!"

"The end of an era in Music. We have lost too many legends this year.. My condolences to the family.. RIP Shri Pandit Ravi Shankar," Priyanka Chopra.

Director Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted, "Saddened by the loss of brilliance. RIP Pt Ravi Shankar ji. The sitar maestro will be missed. Strength to the family."

Actor Rahul Bose tweeted, "With Pt Ravi Shankar's passing, passes an era. First heard him as a kid in 1980. he

leaves us all permanently enriched."

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur posted, "Pt Ravi Shankar's music will live with us forever. Amazing man, Amazing artist. Amazing life, amazingly lived. Amazing creative force. Pt Ravi Shankar. Showed us what India's soft power really is. Not business, but Art. Remember him playing at Chetan Anand's home. Bliss.

"When I first went to London as a student, Pt Ravi Shankar was a rockstar. That I knew him personally made me one in eyes of all the girls. Completely abandoned himself to creativity in his Art. Living in vibrations, his was a spirit then, and a spirit now."

Classical singer Rashid Khan said, "I knew Panditji since 1978, when I got the chance to perform in front of him at Kolkata. He is no more with us, the whole world will remember him. Indian classical music has travelled the world because of him."

"Saddened to hear of the maestro, Pandit Ravi Shankar's, demise. Condolences to his family, his friends and billions of listeners," tweeted actor Farhan Akhtar.

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