Oxygen Tubes Running, And Yet Pt. Ravishankar Doesn’t Leave A Swara

A video of Pt. Ravi Shankar from his last concert a month before his demise is going viral on the internet. The video of the legendary Sitar maestro is seen with oxygen tubes running through his nose and aiding him in breathing. But the legend performs, unperturbed and unfazed by his condition on stage.

He is accompanied by his daughter Anoushka Shankar and Pandit Tanmay Bose.

The trio is performing at a concert in Long Beach, California. Fans of the sitar maestro are dumbstruck by the musician’s dedication to his art, not missing a swara throughout the concert. Soon after this performance, the artist left for his heavenly abode on December 11, 2012.

The video is trending on top with more than 3,800 views with many calling it incredible and mind-blowing. Pt. Ravishankar was a pioneer in his field and served as an inspiration for many musicians across the globe.

Many who have been a fan of the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar took to the comment section on Twitter to praise the sitar maestro, who championed the fusion genre throughout his lifetime.

Vivek Sengupta shared the clip and wrote, ‘Incredible video clip of the valedictory public performance of Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar. He was 92 and on oxygen support. But the music was perfect. Anoushka Shankar was accompanying him. As was Pandit Tanmay Bose on the tabla (sic).’

Nirupamam Menon Rao called herself fortunate as the audience of the maestro’s last concert.


Pandit Ravi Shankar has collaborated with some of the greatest artists. This includes the likes of violin maestro Yehudi Menuhin and Beatles guitarist George Harrison.

He won a Grammy in 1967 for Best Chamber Music Performance for West Meets East in collaboration with Menuhin. Since then, he went ahead, winning four Grammys in total.

Shankar also composed music for the great filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy.

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