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Memorial Honors Indian Sitar Virtuoso Ravi Shankar

A public memorial service was held this morning in Encinitas for Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitar virtuoso who died in San Diego last week at the age of 92.

A public memorial service in Encinitas for Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitar virtuoso.

The service at the Self-Realization Fellowship included tributes and prayers for family and invited friends, said Stuart Wolferman, who served as a family spokesman following Shankar's death. Members of the public were welcome, he said.

The 20-year Encinitas resident, whose collaboration with George Harrison led the late Beatle to play the sitar in a couple of songs by the "Fab Four,'' died Dec. 11 following surgery at Scripps Mercy Hospital to replace a heart valve.

He had suffered from heart and upper respiratory problems for about a year, according to his publicist.

Shankar is survived by his wife of 23 years, Sukanya; two daughters, Anoushka Shankar, a sitar musician who was recently nominated for a Grammy Award, and five-time Grammy winner Norah Jones; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Ravi Shankar Foundation at JustGive.org.

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