Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar dies

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The sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, who helped to create the 1960s psychedelic sound through working with The Beatles, has died in the Californian city of San Diego at the age of 92.

His wife, Sukanya, and his daughter, Anoushka, said he had had an operation last week, but, in spite of the best efforts of doctors attending him, he was too frail to withstand surgery. He gave his last concert five weeks ago.

Almost single-handedly, Shankar introduced Indian classical music to the Western world, partly through his association with the violinist, Yehudi Menuhin. His influence on The Beatles can be heard on their albums, Rubber Soul and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

A full obituary will appear in a future print edition of The Stage.