Olivia Harrison, Widow of
Beatle George Harrison, Eulogizes Ravi Shankar
by Billy Dukes; Ultimate Classic Rock
The widow of the late Beatle George Harrison, Olivia Harrison, joined friends and
family to pay respects to Ravi Shankar on Thursday (Dec. 20). Over 1,000 people gathered
at the Self-Realization Fellowship in Encinitas, Calif., including Shankar’s daughter Norah
Jones and jazz great Herbie Hancock.
Olivia Harrison eulogized the famous
sitar player as one of the world’s great citizens. “They were like father and son as well as brothers,”
she said of Shankar and her husband, according to the CBC.
George Harrison had called Shankar “the godfather of world music” during his life.
“They made each other
laugh, as if they shared a secret, and I’m sure they did! Their common bond was music,” Olivia Harrison
added, according to AceShowbiz.com.
Messages from Peter
Gabriel and director Martin Scorsese were also read aloud. Jones did not speak, but joined her family onstage
to address the mourners at the end. Hancock reflected on his relationship with Shankar, and flim director Joe Wright said, “I always felt like a little crumb in his presence.”
musician died on Dec. 11 in a San Diego hospital after undergoing heart-valve replacement
and George Harrison's Widow Honor Ravi Shankar at Memorial Service
did not speak as she joined half-sister Anoushka Shankar and her father's wife Sukanya, while Olivia Harrison recalled her
late husband's unique bond with the sitar player.
Family and friends got together to pay their final respect to
Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar. His daughter from his previous marriage, Grammy-winning jazz singer Norah Jones, was among the mourners along with the widow of George Harrison,
Norah sat in the front row with her father's wife Sukanya Rajan and her half sister Anoushka Shankar. The "Come
Away With Me" hitmaker did not speak at the service, but she did join the other family members when they took the stage to
address the crowd at the end of the service.
Although she was not one of the speakers, Norah had spoken lovingly of her
father. "My Dad's music touched millions of people. He will be greatly missed by me and music lovers everywhere," the Grammy-winning
jazz singer said in a statement shortly after his death.
Calling him a "genius," she also said in an interview, "I remember
when I found out that John Coltrane had come to him once to study....That impressed me at the time, more than the George Harrison
thing just because I was such a jazz nerd. But you know it's all amazing. He's inspired a lot of musicians."
meanwhile, called Ravi "one of the great citizens of the world" in her eulogy at the Thursday event. "I cannot
think of a more illustrious or elegant person," she said, before proceeding to describe her late husband's unique bond with
the sitar player.
"They were like father and son, as well as brothers," Olivia gushed. "They made each other laugh, as
if the shared a secret -- and I'm sure they did! Their common bond was music." The pandit was credited as George's sitar mentor
who influenced The Beatles' music.
The service took place at the Self-Realization
Fellowship in his adopted home of Encinitas, Calif. on December 20. Famed jazz player Herbie Hancock and
conductor Zubin Mehta joined more than 1,000 people flooding the venue decorated with garlands of white flowers.
gushed, "He was such an amazing human being. I'm so grateful for what he's given to the world." Zubin added when it was his
turn to speak, "I always felt like a little crumb in his presence." Another male attendee was "Anna Karenina" director Joe Wright, who's also Anoushka's husband.
Ravi died on December 11 in San Diego after undergoing heart-valve replacement surgery. Already earning three
Grammys, he got a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best World Music Album, thanks to "The Living Room Sessions, Part 1". His daughter
Anoushka also got a nod in the same category for "Traveller".
& George Harrison's Widow Attend Olivia Ravi Shankar's Public Memorial
By Alicia Adejobi
Both paid tribute to the late Sitar player
Norah Jones and George Harrison's widow Olivia were among the mourners who paid tribute to Indian Sitar player
Ravi Shankar on Thursday at a public memorial held for the late musician.
Shankar passed away
on December 11 at the age of 92 as a result of complications following heart surgery. The musician's daughters Norah Jones
and Anoushka Shankar was present to say a final farewell to her father at the memorial which was held in Encinitas, San Diego, where he resided.
of The Beatles legend George Harrison, Olivia, was also present among mourners, and gave a eulogy to the crowd sharing fond
memories of Shankar.
"He completely transformed (George's) musical sensibilities," Olivia told the mourners while holding
"They exchanged ideas and melodies until their hearts and minds were intertwined like a double helix."
and Shankar had a close relationship right up until the Beatles star's death in 2001. Harrison gave Shankar the title of the 'godfather of world music',
while others have credited Shankar for influencing Indian music globally.
Others to pay tribute on Thursday included Shankar's
son-in-law, 'Atonement' director Joe Wright, who is married to Anoushka, and pianist Herbie Hancock.