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Google celebrates 96th birthday of noted sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar with a Doodle
The internet search engine giant Google marks 96th birthday of noted musician and sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar on April 7 with a sketch Doodle on its homepage. In the doodle, the logo has been scripted in lower-case creeper shape with green leaves and the second 'g' of Google replaced by a sketch of sitar.

Bharat Ratna, Ravi Shankar (1920-2012) - an Indian musician and composer - is known to be one of the best-known exponents of the sitar and as a composer of Hindustani classical music at the global level.

Shankar spent his youth touring India and Europe with the dance group of his brother Uday Shankar. After giving up dancing in 1938, he studied sitar playing under court musician Allauddin Khan till 1944. He created a new raga for Mahatma Gandhi as a tribute to great freedom fighter following his assassination.

Thereafter, he worked as a composer for Satyajit Ray and music director of All India Radio. In 1956, he began to tour Europe and the Americas playing Indian classical music. It was his association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and Beatles guitarist George Harrison that made him get a worldwide acclaim.

He popularized the use of Indian musical instruments in pop music throughout by involving Western music through compositions for sitar and orchestra. He became instrumental in introduced Indian classical music to the western world by creating psychedelic sound through his collaboration with the Beatles. He continued to perform until the end of his life.

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