Search engine Google is paying tribute to late musician Pandit Ravi Shankar on his 96th birth anniversary on Thursday by a doodle with a sitar as the centrepiece.
Ravi Shankar was one of the best-known 20th century exponents of the sitar. Shankar was born to a Bengali family in Benares, India and spent his youth touring India and Europe with the dance group of his brother Uday Shankar. In 1956 he began to tour Europe and the Americas playing Indian Classical music and increased its popularity there in the 1960s through teaching, performance, and his association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and Beatles guitarist George Harrison. His influence on the latter helped popularize the use of Indian instruments in pop music throughout the 1960s.
Designed by artist Kevin Laughlin, the doodle has the letters GOOGLE in the form of a creeper with a sitar standing upright towards the right.
Ravi Shankar was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, in 1999. He died on December 11, 2012.