Pandit Ravi Shankar passes away: Celebs tweet condolences

The master sitar player, who was a Bharat Ratna and Grammy Award-winner, died on December 11 in California, USA

Celebrities from India and around the world, including Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Governor K Sankaranarayanan, spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and film artistes AR Rahman, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Priyanka Chopra and Shekhar Kapur, remembered Pandit Ravi Shankar on Twitter. The sitar maestro passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 in California, USA at 4.3opm local time. He was 92. Shankar had been admitted to the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, San Diego on December 6, after he complained of breathing difficulties. That day, he had made a surprise call to Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan before going in for surgery. Shankar is survived by wife Sukanya Rajan and daughters Anoushka and Norah Jones. He also had a son, Shubhendra Shankar, from his first wife Annapurna Devi. Shubhendra died in 1992.

Celebs offered condolences on Twitter:

Dr Manmohan Singh: “An era has passed away with Pt. Ravishankar. The nation joins me to pay tributes to his unsurpassable genius, his art and his humility.” He further wrote on his website: “I consider it a personal privilege to have known Pandit Ravi Shankar and to have served together with him as a member of the Rajya Sabha.”

Madhuri Dixit-Nene: Sorry to hear that Ravi Shankar has passed away. He had a tremendous influence on introducing Indian music to the West.

Sonam Kapoor: A legend no more. He put indian classical music on the map!

AR Rahman: Indian classical music has lost its chief ambassador and India it’s Bharat Ratna…May God bless his soul!

Raghu Dixit: Shanti Mantra by Pandit.Ravishankarji continues to be my score whenever i am disturbed and need peace n calm inside me. May the great soul of an incredibly great musician Pt. Ravishankarji rest in peace. Even to this day the western world associated Indian music by the Sitar and Pt.Ravishankarji is single handedly responsible for this. He is an inspiration to 1000s of musicians in India to go an conquer the world.

Priyanka Chopra: The end of an era in music. We have lost too many legends this year. My condolences to the family. R.I.P. Shri Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Karan Johar: R.I.P. Ravi Shankar, the man who made classical, eternal.

K Sankaranarayanan: Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar was one of the greatest Indian musicians who popularized Indian classical music at the global level.

Prithviraj Chavan: The country has lost a great international musician who introduced the Indian classical music to the Western world.

Sulaiman Merchant‏: Sad to hear about pandit ravi shankar’s demise. We have lost tooany legends this year. RIP

Shekhar Kapur: Pt. Ravi Shankar’s music will live with us forever. Amazing man, Amazing artist. Amazing life, amazingly lived. Amazing creative force. Pt Ravi Shankar. Showed us what India’s soft power really is. Not business, but Art. Remember him playing at Chetan Anand’s home. Bliss. When I first went 2 London as a student, Pt Ravi Shankar was a rockstar. That I knew him personally made me 1 in eyes of all d girls 🙂 #PanditRaviShankar completely abandoned himself 2 creativity in his Art. Living in vibrations, his was a spirit then, and a spirit now.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Pandit Ravi Shankar was a legend in music and he took classical music to new heights.

Salim Merchant: Our music world looses its Ultimate Guru -Bharat ratna pandit Ravi shankar ji. His music and his legacy will always remain forever. RIP

Narendra Modi: Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar was the legendary musician who gave new identity to Indian classical music. May his soul rest in peace.

Mahesh Bhatt: Pandit Ravi Shankar a national treasure has ‘left us forever’. But his music will resonate in the consciousness of the world forever.

Rituparno Ghosh: This morning had an unearthly kind of beauty to it, perhaps a morning raga to celebrate the passing of Ravi Shankar. RIP.

Kailash Kher: Pandit Ravi Shankar synonym of music is no more, he has made Sitar (Indian Instrument) international with dignity and Pride. God bless his soul.

Madhur Bhandarkar: Saddened by the loss of brilliance. RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar. The sitar maestro will be missed. Strength to the family.

Anupam Kher: Pandit Ravi Shankar’s sitar played for our souls. His music helped us sooth our nerves. His smile was like his music – Divine. RIP.

Rahul Bose: With Pandit Ravi Shankar’s passing, passes an era. First heard him as a kid in (the year)1980. He leaves us all permanently enriched.

Vishal Dadlani: The world’s best-known exponent of Indian music, he influenced the Beatles, and hence everything since! RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Anubhav Sinha: Only mortal connection some people have with this world is their birth. Then they live forever. Thanks for living forever Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Aadesh Shrivastava: The god of Music, who live his life as inspiration in the music world, he was rare. Pandit Ravi Shankar’s demise. May god bless his soul. RIP.

Jackky Bhagnani: RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Ehsaan Noorani: Ravi Shankar, the maestro has begun his journey to the stars what this man did for Indian music globally is something to remember.

Kaizad Gustad: Thank you for the music Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Lisa Ray: RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar. Grateful for the music maestro.

Siddharth: R.I.P. Sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Nitin Sawhney: Just came back from hospital where I was paying my last respects to the greatest legend and inspiration. RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Vikram Chandra: RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar. The man who took Indian classical music to the world.

BollywoodLife’s condolences to Pandit Ravi Shankar’s family.

With inputs from IANS