The legendary sitar hero Ravi Shankar has died at the age of 92 in San Diego.
A prolific composer, he was already writing ballet pieces for the Indian People's Theatre Association at the age of 25, and was the first Indian musician to craft soundtracks for Western films.
While he was already a star in India, it was his relationship in the 60s with the Beatles that propelled him to worldwide fame. As a result, he popularized Indian music and the otherworldly sound of the sitar more than any other musician. Even after distancing himself from the hippie movement, his friendship with George Harrison continued, and they collaborated on the charity Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, for which he won his second Grammy Award.
His impact on Western music didn't end there though. Minimalist composer Philip Glass disowned his entire catalogue after having his mind blown by the experience of transcribing Shankar's music in the 60s. Jazz hero John Coltrane even named his son Ravi after him.
His fame helped spark the world music movement, and encouraged Westerners to expand their musical tastes beyond their immediate cultural and geographical boundaries.
Even just a few years ago he still was thrilling Toronto audiences, touring with his daughter Anoushka Shankar. Musical family legacy also extended to his son Shubhendra Shankar (who frequently joined his father onstage), his nephew Ananda Shankar, and of course his daughter Norah Jones.