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Public Ravi Shankar Memorial Service Set for Thursday

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Self-Realization Fellowship on Highway 101 and include tributes and prayers for family and invited friends.

Editor's note: This story originally was published on Dec. 18 and a previous version stated the start time for the event. It has been updated. The correct time is 10:30 a.m.

A public memorial service is scheduled Thursday in Encinitas for Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitar virtuoso who died in San Diego last week at the age of 92, organizers announced today.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Self-Realization Fellowship on Highway 101 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 also be welcomed, 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 to replace a heart valve at Scripps Mercy Hospital. He suffered from heart and upper respiratory problems for about a year, according to his publicist.

He 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 great- grandchildren.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Ravi Shankar Foundation

—City News Service

John J December 19, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Minor correction: The Ravi Shankar memorial service starts at 10:30 am, rather than 10:00 am. John Jalkanen for SRF
Daniel Woolfolk December 19, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Thanks John, I updated it.

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