India’s musical jewel and Sitar sensation Pandit Ravi Shankar passed away in US hospital, few days after he underwent a heart valve replacement surgery. 92yrs old Ravi Shankar had been admitted to the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, San Diego, near his home after he complained of breathing difficulties.
Ravishankar Foundation in a press statement said “Shankar had suffered from upper respiratory and heart issues over the past year and underwent heart-valve replacement surgery (Dec 6). Though the surgery was successful, recovery proved too difficult for the 92-year-old musician,”
He breathed his last at 4.30 p.m. Pacific Time Tuesday.He received three Grammy awards and was competing against daughter Anoushka Shankar, also a sitar player, for another Grammy in 2013. Mr Shankar received the Bharat Ratna in 1999.He is survived by his wife Sukanya Rajan and daughters Anoushka and Norah Jones, and three grandchildren. He also had a son, Shubhendra Shankar, from his first wife Annapurna Devi. Shubhendra died in 1992.