Google gives tribute to Pandit Ravi Shankar with a very artistic doodle on his 96th birthday. Born on 7th April 1920, in Varanasi. His birth name was Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury. Ravi Shankar had an early career in a dancing troop, worked as a composer and served a stint as the music director at All India Radio. During this time, he composed the music for Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy of films, Pather Panchali, Aparajito and Apur Sansar.
Ravi Shankar began to tour the world performing Indian Classical Music from 1956. He collaborated with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and guitarist George Harrison during this time. These associations exposed western audiences to Indian Classical Music, and pop songs started using Indian instruments including the tabla and the sitar. In 1999, Pandit Ravi Shankar was awarded India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna. He passed away on December 11, 2012, after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery.
Google Doodle’s reach changes each day according to where in the world the Doodle for that particular day is appropriate. Pandit Ravi Shankar has fans in the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Kazakhstan, Israel, Indonesia and Japan, according to the reach of today’s Google Doodle.