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December 21, 2012


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.”
The musician died 
on Dec. 11 in a
San Diego hospital after undergoing heart-valve replacement surgery.

Norah Jones and George Harrison's Widow Honor Ravi Shankar at Memorial Service
Norah 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, Olivia.
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."
Olivia Harrison, 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.
Herbie 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".

Norah Jones & 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.
Widow 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 back tears.
"They exchanged ideas and melodies until their hearts and minds were intertwined like a double helix."
Harrison and Shankar had a close relationship right up until the Beatles star's death in 2001.
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.