Born on April 7, 1920 in Varanasi, India, Ravi Shankar (1920-2012) was a Bengali Indian musician and composer of Hindustani classical music. Shankar developed his distinct style of playing sitar by drawing inspiration from his broad knowledge of Indian musical traditions. Shankar helped bring Indian classical music to the world stage through performance, collaboration and teaching.
Image: Ravi Shankar playing sitar; used by permission courtesy of the Ravi Shankar Foundation. Photo credit: Michael Collopy.