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Pandit Ravi shankar biography, age, birthday, family, performances

Pandit Ravi shankar, Indian Sitar Maestro. Check out Pandit Ravi Shankar biography, performances, concerts, birthday, age, family, achievements, some lesser known facts

Pandit Ravi shankar

Pandit Ravi shankar biography

Name Pandit Ravi shankar
Birth Name Rabindra Shankar Chowdhury
Known for Sitar player and Vocalist. He was an Indian musician and Hindustani classical music composer. He was one of the most prominent exponents of sitar in 20th century and actually influenced many other musicians throughout the world.
Personal Life
Important dates Birthday – 7 April 1920

Death- 11 December 2012

Important places Birth place- Varanasi, India

Place of death- San Diego, California, U.S.

Nationality Indian
Educational qualifications Bengalitola High School in Benares
Family Father: Shyam Shankar, a barrister and scholar

Mother: Hemangini Devi

Siblings: Uday, Rajendra, Debendra and Bhupendra

Spouse: Annapurna Devi, Sukanya Rajan

Children: Anoushka Shankar, Norah Jones, Shubhendra Shankar

Professional life
Teacher Allauddin Khan
Basic Career Information
Achievements and


  1. Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
  2. Padma Bhushan
  3. Padma Vibhushan
  4. Kalidas Samman
  5. Bharat Ratna
  6. Ramon Magsaysay Award
  7. Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  8. Silver Bear Extraordinary Prize of the Jury at the 1957 Berlin International Film Festival
  9. Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize (1991)[85]
  10. Praemium Imperiale for music from the Japan Art Association
  11. Polar Music Prize
  12. Three Grammy Award
Lesser Known Facts
  1. Started his career as dancer at the age of 10 with his brother Uday Shankar’s dance troupe. He eventually left dance for the love of sitar
    1. His guru was known for his fiery temper but Pandit Ravi shankar was an exception. He also ended up marrying his guru’s daughter Annapurna Devi who was his first wife.
    2. The song Sare Jahaan Se Accha was actually set to tune by him
    3. George Harrison and Pandit Ravi shankar were good friends and performed together. He also influenced the way Beatles made their songs. George Harrison even visited India for six weeks to study the instrument under Shankar
    4. He created a new raga called Mohankauns as a dedication to Mahatma Gandhi due to the similarity of the raga with Madhukauns
    5. He provided the score for Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali, Apur Sansaar, Aparajito
    6. Pandit Ravi shankar was part of the Parliament from 1986 to 1992 when he was nominated by late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to Rajya Sabha.
    7. The 1973 movie called Abhimaan which starred Amitabh Bachchan And Jaya Bhaduri, was loosely based on Panditji’s life and his marriage to first wife
    8. Pandit Ravi shankar was nominated for an Oscar for the soundtrack of the movie Gandhi starring Ben Kingsley

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