Ravi Shankar

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In 1968, when the sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar performed six shows in Manhattan, Time's reviewer wrote that the sheen of celebrity from Shankar's association with the Beatles was starting to fade. In hindsight, that assessment is debatable; Shankar went on to perform at Woodstock and had a globally influential career. What was never in question was his gift for forging connections with music lovers around the world. "It is utter joy, uninhibited, that an artist experiences," Shankar told Time, describing the transcendence of performing. "The raga, the musician, the listeners, all become one."

More than 40 years later, Shankar, who died...

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