Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar will be honoured with a lifetime achievement Grammy award, organisers of the top music award announced on Thursday.
The award will be presented on February 10 at the 55th Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, said the Recording Academy, which gives the prestigious awards.
“As one of the world’s most renowned sitar players, three-time Grammy winner Ravi Shankar is a true ambassador for international music,” said a statement issued by the Recording Academy.
“As a performer, composer, teacher and writer, he is considered a pioneer in bringing Indian music to the West. With a performance career spanning more than 80 years, he has influenced a variety of musicians, including the Beatles, John Coltrane, Philip Glass and his daughters, Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar,” it said.
“A humanitarian and philanthropist, in 1971 Shankar, along with George Harrison, organised the Concert for Bangladesh, which paved the way for many other fundraising charity concerts,” it said.
Other recipients of this year’s lifetime achievement Grammy awards are Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page and the Temptations.