Pandit Ravi Shankar is no more

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Prominent Indian musician Pandit Ravi Shankar breathed his last early today in a hospital of California. He was ninety two.

He was considered as sitar maestro. Usually style of music in the east and west are different. But Pandit Ravi Shankar

entranced the western audience also.

Beatles musician George Harrison was his follower. They arranged a concert ‘Concert for Bangladesh’ to raise money for

Bangladesh in 1971. It was first of its kind.

Ravi Shankar learned sitar from Ustad Allauddin Khan another noted musician of the subcontinent.

Ravi Shankar directed music in many of Satyajit Ray’s film including, ‘Pather Panchali’, ‘Aparajito’ and ‘Apur Sansar’. His

composition in Pather Panchali’ was praised by music lovers which had a cathartic effect.

Ravi Shankar was born in 1920. His father was born in present Bangladesh. Bangladeshis will always remember him for his

contribution. His concert for Bangladesh not only raised money for Bangladesh but also raised public opinion against mass

killings in Bangladesh at that time.

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Shihab Uddin Ahmed

Shihab Uddin Ahmed is with Dhaka News since 2011. He has long experience of writing on various issues for web medium. He has a master’s degree from Jagannath University. You can read his science articles in English and Bengali on

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