Los Angeles, Feb 11 (): Sitar legend Pandit Ravi Shankar was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy award and Best World Music Album award, sixty days after his death and the awards were jointly accepted by his musically gifted daughters Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones.
Pandit Ravi Shankar passed away on December 11, 2012 at the age of 92. Exactly two months after his death, the Indian sitar legend has won the Best World Music Album Grammy for “The Living Room Sessions Part 1″ covering a wide range of Indian classical styles. The legend also received the Lifetime Achievement Grammy award, which was jointly received by his daughters, sitarist Anoushka Shankar and singer-songwriter Norah Jones.
In her acceptance speech on his behalf, Anoushka Shankar noted that Monday marks two months exactly since Pandit Ravi Shankar’s death.
Norah Jones, who has won nine Grammys of her own, said her father lived and breathed music. She added they were very happy to accept the award for him.
Although Anoushka Shankar’s mother, Sukanya also attended the Saturday event at the Grammy Awards, she did not take up the stage.
While Ravi Shankar won the award for The Living Room Sessions Part 1, his daughter Anoushka Shankar was nominated for Traveller in the same category.
The Indian icon was among seven artists, including Carole King and the Temptations, named as Lifetime Achievement Award honourees.
The three-time Grammy winner Pandit Ravi Shankar is credited with introducing Indian classical music to the West. He was an intense inspiration on The Byrds, The Beatles and numerous other rock artists.
Shankar died at the age of 92 in December, after failing to get well from surgery at a hospital in La Jolla, California, near San Diego. Just few days before he died, the legend learned that he would obtain the honour and that he and his daughter were both nominated in the world music category.