The Straits Times
Published on Dec 21, 2012

Ex-Beatle's widow lauds Ravi Shankar at US memorial


ENCINITAS, California (AFP) - Former Beatle George Harrison's widow Olivia joined hundreds of fans and family of Ravi Shankar on Thursday at an open-air memorial to the Indian sitar legend near his California home.

Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the late musician who died last week near San Diego, read out tributes about her father from fellow artists at the service in a palm tree-lined meditation center.

Grammy-winning singer Norah Jones, Shankar's daughter from an affair with a US concert producer, was dressed in black and kept a low profile at the memorial in Encinitas, up the coast from San Diego.

Harrison, whose late husband learned sitar from Shankar and collaborated with him notably on the ground-breaking Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, said the former Beatle had learned so much from their friendship.