Ravi Shankar, who shared an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score for Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi, died today at a San Diego hospital. He was 92. Shankar was admitted to Scripps Hospital last week after complaining of shortness of breath and passed away today, Variety reports. Dubbed the godfather of “world music” by the late George Harrison, the sitar master composed several film scores, including Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy, but it was for Gandhi that he received the Oscar nom with George Fenton in 1983. With Harrison, Shankar organized and played at the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 to help refugees caught in that territory’s battle to leave Pakistan. Shankar is the father of Grammy-winning singer Norah Jones and sitar player Anoushka Shankar.
R.I.P. Ravi Shankar
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