was born on 7th April 1920 as the seventh child in a Bengali Brahmin family, his father Shyam Shankar, was in the service of Jhalawar State as Dewan and also a Middle Temple Barrister, went to London to practice law, when he married for a second time, while his first wife and Ravi Shankar’s mother Hemangini Devi stayed at Varanashi where Ravi Shankar was raised , that way his father did not meet him for about 8 years of his early life.
Ravi Shankar traveled to Paris at the age of ten, along with his brother and famous choreographer of those days, Uday Shankar, as a member of his dance troup, when apart from learning dancing art he started playing a number of instruments which included Sitar, in which he became a master in later years, when Uday Shankar’s dance troup went to various places in Europe and US in 1930s, Ravi Shankar mastered in Western Classical music, Jazz, also got acquainted with Western culture, while after returning to India, Uday Shankar sought the help of Maihar Maharaja to permit his court musician Allauddin Khan, who was a Sitar expert, to accompany his dance Troup and he agreed. When Allaudddin Khan traveled to Europe with the dance Troup, Ravi Shankar got trained by him in Sitar and returned to India with his master as per his wish that Ravi Shankar should be in Maihar court.
’s married life is somewhat different from normal happenings, in the sense, his first marriage was in 1941 with Annapurna Devi, who was Allauddin Khan’s daughter, through whom he had a son, who was named Shubhendra Shankar, which marriage coming to an end by separation in 1940s, Shankar had relationship with one Kamala Devi, later during 1970s he had an affair with a New York concert producer Sue Jones, through whom he had a daughter Norah Jones in 1979 and the relationship with Sue Jones continued till 1986. In the meantime, during later part of 1970s, Ravi Shankar met one Sukanya Rajan, with whom he had live in relationship and in 1981, Ravi Shankar had another daughter Anoushka Shankar through her, although he had his formal marriage with Sukanya Rajan in 1989.
About Ravi Shankar’s childen, Shubhendra Shankar, addressed Shubho, joined his father during his tours, choosing not to take up a solo career, although talented and capable of giving concerts in Sitar and Surbahar, unfortunately passed away in 1992, while Norah Jones was raised to become a successful musician, won eight Grammy Awards in 2003, and in the same year Anoushka Shankar got the nomination for Grammy Award, in recognition of her World Music Album.
Ravi Shankar and Sukanya Shankar live in Encinitas, California, now.