Chad Deal 6:58 p.m., May 21
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Ravi Shankar is considered the world’s master player of the sitar, a 19-stringed instrument made of gourd and teak. He performed at the Monterey Pop Festival (1967) and Woodstock (1969), plus he organized the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 with former Beatle and sitar pupil George Harrison.
The Shankar family moved to Encinitas in the early 1990s, though they also maintain a residence in India. For awhile, he worked as a professor of music and guest lecturer at SDSU. His local home has a sign on the door reading “Please ring the bell only thrice. If no one opens the door, please leave your name and address...the door will not be opened on Mondays and Thursdays.”
A 1999 honor graduate of San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas, his daughter Anoushka grew up in San Diego and also plays the sitar. As of 2012, Anoushka Shankar lives in London with her husband and baby boy. Her 2012 full-length Traveller, which fuses Spanish flamenco with the Indian classical music, was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award as Best World Music Album (as was her late father Ravi Shankar's album The Living Rooms Sessions, Part 1).