Ravi Shankar collaborated with some of the biggest names in rock, jazz, and classical music. But in India critics said he was commercializing spiritual sitar music that was not properly understood.
Labeled 'the godfather of world music' by Beatle George Harrison, Ravi Shankar helped millions of Westerners — classical, jazz, and rock lovers — discover the centuries-old traditions of Indian music.
Ravi Shankar: George Harrison called him "the godfather of world music." Ravi Shankar helped millions of classical, jazz and rock lovers discover the centuries-old traditions of Indian music.