Indian musician Ravi Shankar passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 92 in his San Diego home. Known internationally for his contributions to World Music, the sitar player is also remembered for his relationship with the Beatles. Shankar developed a deep friendship with George Harrison in the 60s, when he taught him how to play the sitar; George would later coin Ravi as the "Godfather of World Music". Together, the artists organized the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971.
Ravi Shankar is remembered by his wife and three kids, two of which are also musicians: singer Norah Jones and fellow World musician, Anoushka Shankar. Both Ravi and Anoushka were recently nominated separately for the 2013 Grammys in the category of Best World Music Album. His official website states that he died following complications from a heart-valve replacement surgery he underwent last week; he had been suffering from upper respiratory and heart problems. Ravi was a true pioneer, popularizing classical Indian music in Western culture; his talent, passion and influence will never be forgotten.