12 December 2012
Last updated at 06:20
Sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar, who has died aged 92, played a leading role in promoting and popularising classical Indian music around the world.
Born into a Bengali family in the ancient Indian city of Varanasi, Ravi Shankar was originally a dancer with his brother's troupe. He gave up dancing to study the sitar at the age of 18.
For seven years Shankar studied under Baba Allauddin Khan, founder of the Maihar Gharana style of Hindustani classical music, and become well-known in India for his virtuoso sitar playing.
He introduced the Beatles to the Indian sounds that informed their later music. George Harrison once called him "the godfather of world music".
He played at a number of international concerts, including the ground-breaking charity Concert for Bangladesh in 1971.
Shankar once said his proudest achievement was "helping Western audiences have a better understanding of Indian classical music".
His two daughters are also acclaimed musicians. He and sitar player Anoushka Shankar are nominees for the 2013 Grammy awards in the world music category.
His other daughter, Grammy Award-winning singer Norah Jones, was raised by her mother in Texas, and saw her father a few times a year in her childhood. She said she reconnected with Shankar when she was 18.
Shankar continued to be a bridge between East and West right into his 80s. For the last years of his life, Ravi Shankar lived in Encinitas, California, with his wife Sukanya.