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Tribute to Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar
Anoushka Shankar paying tribute
It was a sombre event but a celebration nonetheless, paying tribute to one of the world's greatest musical minds. The memorial event for Sitar virtuoso and Bhavan's Patron Pandit Ravi Shankar on 24th February, was attended by those who were lucky enough to be closely associated with him, but also countless others who were enchanted by his music and personality.
Chairman of Bhavan UK, Mr Joginder Sanger led the tributes and started off the eveningís proceedings, welcoming all those present and giving a special welcome to Anoushka Shankar, her husband Joe Wright and their son Zubin.
All of those who spoke were unanimous in their praise for one of India's greatest exports, many of whom recounted their personal anecdotes. Calling him the King of the Sitar, the Acting High Commissioner for India, His Excellency Dr V.K Paul said; "With his demise, the sitar most definitely has lost its strings".
Throughout the evening, many spoke of Raviji's legacy. His daughter Anoushka said she appreciated hearing about all the different facets to her father's life, going on to say: "It is very moving to hear stories about him; different stories that I may not know. The Bhavan was part of his legacy, so are all his students, and people who play music. All of that is his legacy and I feel that I share it with everyone".
The meeting was concluded with a special cultural programme of music and dance featuring scores composed by Pandit Ravi Shankar, performed by his former students and students of the Bhavan.





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