Ravi Shankar, born Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury, spelled Ravindra Shankar Chowdhury in Sanskrit (7 April 1920 – 11 December 2012), whose name is often preceded by the title Pandit (Master), was an Indian sitar virtuoso and a composer. He became the world’s best-known exponent of North Indian classical music, in the second half of the 20th century, and influenced many other musicians throughout the world. Shankar was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1999.

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