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Grammy Lifetime Achievement award for Ravi Shankar

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Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar will be honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously.

He becomes the first Indian to get the prestigious award, which will be presented on February 10 at the 55th Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

The decision to honour Ravi Shankar, a three-time Grammy winner, was made before his death.

“He was personally notified by phone by our President/CEO Neil Portnow last week,” Grammy spokeswoman Stephanie Schell told PTI. When he was informed of the decision, he “was deeply touched and so pleased that he extended a gracious and personal invitation to visit him at his home,” President/CEO Neil Portnow said.

The 92-year-old maestro died on Tuesday. “We have lost an innovative and exceptional talent and a true ambassador of international music,” Mr. Portnow said.

— PTI

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