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Ravi Shakar to get Lifetime Achievement Grammy

Posted on Dec 13, 06:31PM | IBNS

The Recording Academy, which gives the Grammy Awards, on Thursday said Indian musician and sitar exponent Pandit Ravi Shankar, who passed away on Tuesday, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Grammy award.

The Recording Academy said the award will be given to Shankar at the 55th Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles next here.

"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," read a statement by the Recording Academy.

"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," it said.

Speaking on the award, the Grammy website said: "Shankar will be honored posthumously with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy in February 2013."

Ravi Shankar passed away at age 92 at a San Diego hospital in United States on Tuesday, leaving behind countless mourners from every walks of life and a musical legacy that he built over a lifetime of dedication to the plucked string instrument and international collaborations, including the Beatles.

The musical legend was ailing for quite some years and on Dec 6 he was admitted at the Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego.