The Spirit of India
The most celebrated sitar player in the world, Ravi Shankar was born in Varanasi into a Bengali family in 1920, the same year that Paramahansa Yogananda arrived in America. After achieving worldwide acclaim as one of the foremost composers and teachers of Hindustani music (including becoming the musical guru to Beatle George Harrison), Shankar settled in Encinitas, California, where Yogananda wrote his spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi.
Ravi Shankar is a world-renowned musician, composer, performer, and scholar of classical Indian music. He is one of the leading cultural figures of the twentieth century whose accomplishments place him as the leading figure of an important musical tradition. His long and distinguished musical career includes numerous recordings, performances at all the world's leading venues, and a series of unprecedented collaborations with other leading musicians. Although he is well known because of his interaction with the popular music world, it is important to underscore that Shankar is considered the leading international figure in a very elevated art form, Hindustani music.