The maestro’s magic
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Apart from everything else, look at how the West woke up to India and Indian music through him. His incredible performances abroad opened doors for others to think of travelling abroad for concerts, something unheard of in earlier days. My bag of memories is overflowing. It is impossible to delve in and bring each one out at this point. But I will say that when people compliment my compositions and my sincerity for what I do, I always say a silent thank you to Pandit Ravi Shankar.
These are just a few things about him, but enough for you to unravel a tiny bit of the man who, for more than half a decade, was the greatest ambassador of music to the world. He paid his dues to his nation, which loved him and revered him as synonymous with the sitar. It is not just that he will be sorely missed. He will be remembered by the generations to come, who have much to learn from the oeuvre he left behind.
As told to Suanshu Khurana Ghosh is a percussionist