Public memorial held in Encinitas for Ravi Shankar
A public memorial service is scheduled Thursday morning in
Encinitas for Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitar virtuoso who died in San Diego
last week at the age of 92.
The service will begin at 10 a.m. at the Self-Realization Fellowship and
include tributes and prayers for family and invited friends, said Stuart
Wolferman, who served as a family spokesman following Shankar's death. Members
of the public will be welcome, he said.
The 20-year Encinitas resident, whose collaboration with George Harrison
led the late Beatle to play the sitar in a couple of songs by the “Fab
Four,” died Dec. 11 following surgery at Scripps Mercy Hospital to replace a
He had suffered from heart and upper respiratory problems for about a
year, according to his publicist.
Shankar is survived by his wife of 23 years, Sukanya; two daughters,
Anoushka Shankar, a sitar musician who was recently nominated for a Grammy
Award, and five-time Grammy winner Norah Jones; three grandchildren and four
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to
the Ravi Shankar Foundation at JustGive.org.