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Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar
Age: 89
Profession: Legendary sitar virtuoso
Appalled at: Seeing Jimi Hendrix burn his guitar at Monterey in 1967 Photo: AFP

BORN RAVINDRA Shankar Choudhury in Varanasi in 1920, Shankar experienced the West early, touring Europe and America in the 1930s with a dance troupe led by his brother Uday Shankar. In 1938, he gave up his dancing career to learn the sitar under Ustad Alauddin Khan. It was the mid-1950s before he looked westwards again, but by the end of 1960s, his name had become synonymous with Indian classical music in the West. Famous collaborations include The Beatles, Yehudi Menuhin and Philip Glass. Shankar had his first heart attack in Chicago in 1974 and underwent an angioplasty in 1992, but still maintains an active concert schedule, often appearing with daughter Anoushka.