Ravi Shankar "The Godfather of World Music" Dies at Age 92

For nearly a century, Ravi Shankar has been connecting people through his music, breaking through cultural barriers, setting his own trends.

A musical icon, Ravi has played with the Beatles, John Coltrane, David Crosby; he hosted the first ever rock benefit concert, the 1971 Concert For Bangladesh, introducing the West to traditional Indian ragas, the list goes on and on.

Shankar passed yesterday, at age 92, in San Diego with his wife and daughter by his side. Suffering from upper respiratory issues and heart problems, last week he had undergone heart-valve replacement surgery.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has dubbed Shankar a "national treasure". George Harrison labeled him the "Godfather of World Music". Shankar is also known as the estranged father of American music goddess Norah Jones.

In a statement released by his wife and other daughter Anoushka—who he had most recently toured with, as she has followed closely in her father's footsteps—the pair say: "Although it is a time for sorrow and sadness, it is also a time for all of us to give thanks and to be grateful that we were able to have him as part of our lives."