Ravi Shankar Dies: A True Musical Legend

I read just now that Ravi Shankar has passed away.

I remember hearing Ravi Shankar play sitar when I was young. To be honest, listening to classical Indian music in those days was somewhat painful for my brother and me who were more attuned to Wham, Michael Jackson and pop music.

But I distinctly remember having one of my first ever experiences of time standing still when listening to him. His ability to take you to a different realm while listening to him was amazing.

Check out this video of one of his early appearances on American television:

Years later, George Harrison would share stories with our family about spending time and learning from Ravi Shankar.

I’ll never forget how much he seemed to love and be in awe of this great Indian maestro. Here’s an interview I found on YouTube of them chatting about their friendship and Ravi Shankar’s passion about sharing Indian music with Western audiences:

Ravi Shankar was 92 when he died today. One can only celebrate a great life that through his music brought joy and passion to the world. He truly was a “national treasure” as the Indian Prime Minister said when confirming his death.

Ravi Shankar also left behind two amazing daughters with unbelievable music talents – Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones. What a legacy to be truly proud of!

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Mallika Chopra is a mom, media entrepreneur, and published author. She is the founder of Intent.com, a website focused on personal, social and global wellness. Her intent is to harness the power of social media to connect people from around the world to improve their own lives, their communities and the planet. Her books, "100 Promises To My Baby" and "100 Questions From My Child" have been translated and sold in dozens of countries worldwide. Her varied background includes launching the Heal The World Foundation in the 1990’s with Michael Jackson, being part of the initial team to re-launch MTV in India, and serving as a Health Ambassador for the Pepsi Refresh Everything Project in the US – an initiative that gave millions of dollars to individuals, non-profits and companies to for projects in their communities. Mallika is also the founder of The Chopra Well, a premiere YouTube channel, she launched with her brother, Gotham Chopra, and father, Deepak Chopra. Mallika enjoys speaking to audiences around the world, and has shared her passion about Intent at TedXBerkeley, Ideacity, Business Innovation Factory, the Green Festivals, LOHAS, The California Women’s Conference, The Prevention R3 Conference, and many more. Mallika has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, and MBA from Kellogg Business School. Mallika’s new book, "Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy" will be released in April 2015.