Vidya Bharati Alumni pays homage to Pandit Ravi Shankar Ji, the sitar virtuoso who became the world's best-known exponent of North Indian classical music of the 20th century, on His Birth Anniversary.
Legendary sitar player Pandit Ravi Shankar was born in Varanasi on April 7, 1920. Ravi Shankar was awarded India's highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna in 1999 and received three Grammy Awards for his outstanding work.
He spent his youth touring Europe and India with the dance group of his brother Uday Shankar. He gave up dancing in 1938 to study sitar playing under court musician Allauddin Khan. A performer, composer, teacher and writer, Shankar's pioneering work took Indian music to the West and popularised it in Europe and America.
Pandit Ravi Shankar Ji has been conferred with Bharat Ratna (1999), Padma Vibhushan (1981), Padma Bhushan (1967), Five Grammy Awards and numerous other awards and honors.
In remembrance of Pandit Ravi Shankar Ji and as a support toward the nation, let us join the Vidya Bharati Alumni Network.