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'An era has passed away with Pandit Ravi Shankar'

December 12, 2012 10:51 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday condoled the passing away of legendary musician Pandit Ravi Shankar and described him as a national treasure and global ambassador of India's cultural heritage.

In his condolence message, Dr Singh said: "An era has passed away with Pandit Ravi Shankar. He was national treasure and global ambassador of India's cultural heritage."

"The nation joins me to pay tributes to his unsurpassable genius, his art and his humility," he added.

Pandit Ravi Shankar, who was admitted in the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla for breathing difficulties, passed away in San Diego on Tuesday at the age of 92.

The sitar maestro had been admitted at the Scripps Memorial Hospital on December 6.

The sitar exponent was responsible for making Indian classical music popular in the West and was also India's musical ambassador.

He had collaborated with several international artists including George Harrison of 'The Beatles', which had garnered him fame all over the world.

He was active as a professional musician till the end and was one of the contenders for the next Grammys.