Indian artists, politicians mourn Ravi Shankar's death
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 01:24
Dec. 12 - Prominent public figures in India express their sadness at the passing of world renowned musician and composer Ravi Shankar. Simon Hanna reports.
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This is how the world will remember Ravi Shankar.
The renowned sitar maestro died on Tuesday, aged 92, but his music will live on in the memory - particularly in his native India, where tributes poured in from prominent artists and politicians.
Classical singer and contemporary of Ravi Shankar Pandit Channulal Mishra said the three time Grammy award winner would be sorely missed.
(SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) INDIAN CLASSICAL SINGER, PANDIT CHHANNULAL:
"The demise of Ravi Shankar has created a void in the sitar industry. Nobody can replace him. Though there are many good sitarists, but Pandit Ravi Shankar was a class apart. I pray to God that his soul rests in peace."
Indian politicians also spoke of their sadness at the death of Shankar - who was awarded in 1999 the country's highest civilian award.
Information Minister Manish Tewari described Shankar as a great son.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) INDIA'S INFORMATION MINISTER MANISH TEWARI:
"He not only enriched Indian music and culture but also sensitised it with other musical traditions and created an extravaganza for music lovers. In his unfortunate demise, India has lost a great son."
Shankar has been fragile in health for several years, and underwent heart valve replacement surgery last week in the U.S.
The surgery was successful but he was unable to recover and he passed away in southern California on Tuesday.
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