Remembering the late Ravi Shankar, who introduced Indian music to western audiences.. with a little help from a friend.. George Harrison.

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Ravi Shankar and former Capitol Records president Alan Livingston will be honored by the Grammy Awards, it was announced today.

Ravi Shankar is among those to be given lifetime achievement honors. Also being honored are Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page and the Temptations.

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Shankar died Monday at 92 in Long Beach. Billboard magazine said the news of Shankar’s award was made shortly after his death was announced.

The Recording Academy, in a statement about the award, said, “As one of the world’s most renowned sitar players, three-time Grammy winner Ravi Shankar is a true ambassador for international music. As a performer, composer, teacher and writer, he is considered a pioneer in bringing Indian music to the West. With a performance career spanning more than 80 years, he has influenced a variety of musicians, including the Beatles, John Coltrane, Philip Glass and his daughters, Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar. A humanitarian and philanthropist, in 1971 Shankar, along with George Harrison, organized the Concert for Bangladesh, which paved the way for many other fundraising charity concerts.”

Also being honored with a Trustee Award is Alan Livingston, former president of Capitol Records who helped sign the Beatles to the label. Also being honored for Trustees Award are Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Leonard and Phil Chess. Ikutaro Kakehashi and Dave Smith, plus Royer Labs will receive Technical Grammy Awards.
(articles courtesy of: The Examiner)