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As a boy, Indian musician Ravi Shankar toured through Europe as part of a dance troupe and learned to play various Indian instruments, moving to the sitar at 19. He quickly mastered the string instrument, and started composing music for others and recording his own songs. In the 1950s, he worked on a trilogy of Bengali films, which became an international success. In 1966, at the height of the Beatles craze, he met George Harrison in London and the “quiet Beatle” traveled to India to study under Shankar. Harrison then incorporated his mentor’s sound into the Beatles music, most notably in the iconic album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The two remained friends and collaborators – with Harrison dubbing Shankar “the godfather of world music” – and they organized the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, which was the first major rock benefit concert of its kind. Shankar, who won three Grammys during his life, continued to perform and compose, receiving an Academy Award nominations in the Best Original Music Score category for his work on the 1982’s “Gandhi.” His final concert was on November 4 in Long Beach, California. Shankar – who was the father of singer Norah Jones, from whom he was estranged – died on December 11 following complications from surgery. He was 92.

Stars We Lost in 2012

Take a moment to remember Whitney Houston, Larry

Hagman, Michael Clarke Duncan, and the many other stars who faded away in 2012.