Ravi Shankar’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)


Death Date

December 11, 2012

Age of Death

92 years

Cause of Death

Respiratory Insufficiency


Sitar Player

The sitar player Ravi Shankar died at the age of 92 . Below is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Gifted Indian sitar player who helped introduce the instrument to a wider audience. He was known for his use of Carnatic music and was given the title Pandit.

He married Roshanara Annapurna Khan in 1941, but the couple divorced in 1961. He married Sukanya Ranjan in 1988. He had two daughters, Norah and Anoushka, and a son, Shubhendra.



“In the U.K., classical music is composed by individuals and written down. Indian music is based on certain sequences called ragas. When I perform live, 95% of the music is improvised: it never sounds the same twice.” (Ravi Shankar)


“My brother had a house in Paris. To it came many Western classical musicians. These musicians all made the same point: ‘Indian music,’ they said, ‘is beautiful when we hear it with the dancers. On its own, it is repetitious and monotonous.'” (Ravi Shankar)


“I try to give to my music the spiritual quality, very deep in the soul, which does something even if you are not realizing it or analyzing it – that’s the duty of the music.” (Ravi Shankar)


“Pop changes week to week, month to month. But great music is like literature.” (Ravi Shankar)


“I have always had an instinct for doing new things. Call it good or bad, I love to experiment.” (Ravi Shankar)