Sitar maestro and composer Ravi Shankar has died near his home in Southern California, his family said on Tuesday. He was 92.
Following are reactions from political leaders and Bollywood celebrities:
Vishal Dadlani, Bollywood music composer, on Twitter "The world's
best-known exponent of Indian music, he influenced the Beatles, and hence everything since! RIP Pt. Ravi Shankar"
Nirupama Rao, India's ambassador to the U.S., on Twitter "Pandit Ravi Shankar: his last concert was particularly poignant. Anoushka and he played together in perfect unison. A torch was passed"
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, spiritual guru, on Twitter "Pandit Ravi Shankar was a legend in music and he took classical music to new heights"
Narendra Modi, Gujarat chief minister, on Twitter "Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar was the legendary musician who gave new identity to Indian classical music. May his soul rest in peace."
Hari Kunzru, Novelist, on Twitter "RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar. My father performed hand surgery on him. Stakes not low there..."
Nirupama Rao, India's Ambassador to US on Twitter: "Pandit Ravi Shankar.Mourn passing of a musical genius and gentle soul. Attended his last concert Nov in Calif. He played with such passion....his last concert was particularly poignant. Anoushka and he played together in perfect unison. A torch was passed(sic)"
Milind Deora, minister of state for communications & IT "Being a maestro wasn't his only achievement. Pandit Ravi Shankar sold Brand India better than anyone else. RIP"