Hundreds honor Ravi Shankar in California

5:15 PM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
Aug. 3, 1967 file photo shows George Harrison, of the Beatles, left, sitting cross-legged with his musical mentor, Ravi Shankar, of India, in Los Angeles, as Harrison explains to newsmen that Shankar is teaching him to play the sitar
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ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of friends and family have paid tribute to sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar at a public memorial service near his San Diego-area home.

The musician was remembered Thursday as an unfailingly generous teacher with a gentle spirit and sense of humor whose music fostered understanding between East and West.

Conductor Zubin Mehta said he felt like a "little crumb" listening to Shankar play. Olivia Harrison said Shankar helped a young George Harrison achieve a more meaningful life.

Shankar's daughters, singer Norah Jones and Grammy-nominated sitarist Anoushka Shankar, were in the audience at the Self-Realization Fellowship center in Encinitas, the oceanfront suburb where the musician lived for the last two decades.

Shankar died last week at age 92.

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