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Pandit Ravi Shankar's 96th birthday Google Doodle

Pandit Ravi Shankar

As Google marks Pandit Ravi Shankar's�96th birthday with a Doodle on its homepage, here are five facts you might not know about the Indian musician renowned for his mastery of the sitar. 1. He began his musical career as a dancer Shankar began performing as a dancer in his elder brother's troupe at the age of 10 before turning his attention to the sitar at 18. 2. He once asked George Harrison to wear a disguise When the Beatles guitarist George Harrison visited Shankar in September 1966 to learn the sitar, Shankar asked him to alter his appearance so they could�avoid being recognised. It did not work as Harrison was identified by�by the elevator boy at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel in Mumbai. Soon crowds began to gather and the pair were forced to forced to live on a houseboat where the sitar lessons could continue. Google's Doodle marking Ravi Shankar's 96th birthday 3. His music teacher was Baba Allauddin Khan Baba Allauddin Khan was well known for his violent temper which almost ended the pair's relationship. On one occasion Baba told his protege to "buy�some bangles and wer them like a girl" after an unsatisfactory performance. Shankar was so offended that he almost never returned, but Baba learned from this and never reacted in the same way again. 4. He created a new raga for Mahatma Ghandi following his assassination Shankar developed a new melodic theme based on�Mahatma Ghandi's name. He�took the three sargam notes that approximate it -��Ga� (third), �Ni� (seventh) and �Dha� (sixth) when asked to play something mournful�following Ghandi's�assassination in 1948. The raga was later used on the soundtrack of the 1982 filmGhandi. 5. His name is often preceeded by the title 'Pandit' The honourary title refers to a wise or learned man in India. It means scholar or teacher, particularly one who is skilled in the Sanskrit language and who has mastered the Vedic scriptures of Hindu rituals, law, religion and music under a guru. --LUKE HOWARD

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