Ravi Shankar Dies After Heart Surgery

Sitar-king Shankar—a musician who inspired the Beatles—died yesterday following heart-valve repairs. Here he is in a recent concert clip, still pickin’ and grinnin’ those magic strings.

Fair forward, traveler. Shantih, shantih, shantih.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 12/12/12 at 09:48 PM • Permalink

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Mr. Shankar makes me ashamed to have struggled so mightily to learn “Stairway to Heaven” on the ukulele. I’ve never seen a sitar in person. I’m trying to figure out what relationship the dozen-plus tuner-peg-looking-things have to the strings, which don’t appear to be that numerous. It’s a mystery.

Off topic but on music: for some reason, I can’t get the song “Starship Trooper” from the Yes album out of my head. I don’t think I’ve even heard it recently. Weird.

@Betty—I’m right there with you, doll!

http://youtu.be/J2Kcs4Xmb8k

@Betty—Regarding STH, you’re not the only one.

Or is this you?

Shankar was a giant in the field of making memorable music.  RIP.

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