Indian Sitar Virtuoso Ravi Shankar Dies at 92

In this Feb. 7, 2012, photo, Indian musician and sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, 92, performs during a concert in Bangalore, India. Shankar died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. He was 92.
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Despite his fame, numerous albums and decades of world tours, Shankar's music remained a riddle to many Western ears.

Shankar was amused after he and colleague Ustad Ali Akbar Khan were greeted with admiring applause when they opened the Concert for Bangladesh by twanging their sitar and sarod for a minute and a half.

"If you like our tuning so much, I hope you will enjoy the playing more," he told the confused crowd, and then launched into his set.

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Nessman reported from Bangkok. Associated Press writer Julie Watson in San Diego contributed to this report.

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