Photograph of Ravi Shankar with flower garland
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Ravi Shankar: 'We are grateful he was in our lives'

The family of the renowned sitar player, Ravi Shankar, has paid tribute to him, in a statement read out by one of his students.

Shankar died in a hospital in the US following surgery. He was 92. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described him as a "national treasure and global ambassador of India's cultural heritage".

In the statement, read out by Parimal Sadafal, the family said that "although it is a time for sorrow and sadness, it is also a time for all of us to give thanks and to be grateful that we were able to have him as part of our lives."

  • 12 Dec 2012