New Delhi: Indian sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar passed in San Diego today morning at 6am. He was 92. Watch: Pandit Ravi Shankar passes away at 92 l Indian music's global ambassador l He was a national treasure: PM l Lata mourns Shankar's demise l He gave identity to classical music: Modi
Shankar, whose health had been fragile for the past several years, underwent a surgery on Thursday at the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California where he breathed his last.
The music icon was admitted to the hospital last week when he complained of breathlessness.
"It is with heavy hearts we write to inform you that Pandit Ravi Shankar, husband, father, and musical soul, passed away today," his wife and daughter, Sukanya and Anoushka Shankar, said in a joint statement.
He is survived by his wife Sukanya; daughter Norah Jones; daughter Anoushka Shankar Wright and husband Joe Wright; three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
"Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the surgeons and doctors taking care of him, his body was not able to withstand the strain of the surgery. We were at his side when he passed away," the joint statement said.
A three-time Grammy award winner, Shankar last performed in California on November 4 along with his daughter Anoushka Shankar.
Shankar has also been nominated for the 2013 Grammys for his album "The Living Room Sessions Part-1" and was pitted against Anoushka in the same category. .
He was active as a professional musician till the end and was one of the contenders for the next Grammys.
Pandit Ravi Shankar has been described as the most known contemporary Indian musician.
In 1999 Shankar was awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna and has received three Grammy Awards.
Shankar was born 7 April 1920 in Varanasi to a Bengali Brahmin family as the youngest of seven brothers. Shankar's Bengali birth name was Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury.
Reactions, condolences offered:
• Prime Minister condoles the passing away of Pandit Ravishankar- A national treasure and global ambassador of India's cultural heritage
• Narendra Modi: Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar was the legendary musician who gave new identity to Indian classical music. May his soul rest in peace.
• Vishwa Mohan Bhatt: Pandit Ravi Shankar’s death is a huge loss for Indian classical music. He was a cultural ambassador.
• Shivkumar Sharma, Santoor player: Beatles’ George Harrison was his greatest fan. He experimented with his music and westerners connected a lot to him. He was a foodie and loved eating fish. I consider myself very lucky to have performed with him.
• Anoop Jalota, Bhajan singer: Pandit Ravi Shankar's death is a big loss to the country. He spread Indian music in the entire world.
• Prasoon Joshi: Indian music got the much needed recognition because of Pandit Ravishankar. He was a teacher to many and his loss will be deeply missed.
• Kishore Amonkar, classical Indian singer: His death is tremendous loss to us. He was a renowned musician admired all over the wold. I offer my condolences to his family during this hour of grief.
• Anupam Kher: Pt. Ravi Shankar’s Sitar played for our souls. His music helped us sooth our nerves. His smile was like his music- DIVINE. RIP.
• Lata Mangeshkar: I wished him good health when the last time he spoke to him. I know him since 1948. His space cannot be filled in the Indian music industry. I learnt a lot from him during a song recording.