Shankar, the well-known sitar
player, was born in 1920, in Varanasi,
He started his
career as a dancer in his brother, Uday Shankar’s
he was the music director of All India Radio.
Between 1955-59, he composed the music for Satyajit
Ray’s Apu Trilogy.
In 1956, he became
the first Indian instrumentalist to go on a
In 1962, he established
the Kinnara School of Music in Mumbai and also
propagated an interest in Indian music abroad.
a number of the Beatles, a famous pop music
group, was his best-known student.
In 1969, he went to Woodstock, in the USA, to
participate in a music concert. In the same
year, he published his autobiography, My Life,
He is known all
over the world for his compositions, including
his sitar concerts.
He has also been
nominated to the Rajya Sabha.
He has been awarded the Padma
Vibhushan, the Kalidasa
Samman, and the Magasaysay
He was recently
awarded the highest honour in the country, the