Ravi Shankar's gift went beyond his skills on the strings

Ravi Shankar, the master sitar player who earned three Grammys and left an indelible mark on generations of pop influencers including the Beatles, died on Tuesday at a hospital near his home in San Diego, his foundation and record label announced.

Ravi Shankar, the sitar master who helped popularize Indian music in the 1960s, influencing hippie culture and musicians from the Beatles and the Grat.

With an instrument perplexing to most Westerners, Ravi Shankar helped connect the world through music. The sitar virtuoso hobnobbed with the Beatles, became a hippie musical icon and spearheaded the first rock benefit concert as he introduced

Ravi Shankar was our Columbus. While one explorer came looking for India, the other took India to the world. Perhaps that's why it's only fitting, that though I grew up in India, the first time I saw him perform was not in India, but at the Kremlin in

World-renowned sitar player Ravi Shankar, one of the greatest ambassadors of Indian music, has died in San Diego, near his Southern California home. He was 92 years old. Shankar, a master of the sitar, a multi-stringed, Indian classical instrument