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Birth Name: Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury
Born: 1920/04/07
Birth Place: Varanasi, United Provinces, British Raj
Years Active: 1939–2012
Genres: Hindustani Classical Music

Ravi Shankar, KBE (, 7 April 192011 December 2012), often referred to by the title Pandit, was an Indian musician and composer who played the sitar. He has been described as the best-known contemporary Indian musician. Shankar was born in Varanasi and 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. After finishing his studies in 1944, Shankar worked as a composer, creating the music for the "Apu Trilogy" by Satyajit Ray, and was music director of All India Radio, New Delhi, from 1949 to 1956. In 1956, he began to tour Europe and the Americas playing Indian classic... Continue Bio >>

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