The Indian musician and composer Ravi Shankar (born 1920) played a crucial role in popularising Indian music around the world. He toured Europe and the Americas from the 1950s onwards, but it was through his later associations with classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin and Beatles guitarist George Harrison that he became most widely known. Shankar wrote and performed music that combined eastern and western musical styles, in turn pioneering new sounds and winning huge audiences. He died on 11 December 2012.
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