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Ravi Shankar to receive posthumous Grammy

Ravi Shankar is to receive a posthumous lifetime achievement Grammy award, organisers of the music industry's top prize show said.

LOS ANGELES // Ravi Shankar is to receive a posthumous lifetime achievement Grammy award, organisers of the music industry's top prize show said.

Three-time Grammy winner Shankar, who died Tuesday in California, is among seven artists including Carole King and the Temptations named as Grammys Lifetime Achievement Award honorees.

"He was selected before his death and notified last week he was receiving the honour," a Grammys spokeswoman, Stephanie Schell, said on Wednesday.

"As one of the world's most renowned sitar players, [Shankar] is a true ambassador for international music," the Recording Academy said in its brief biography of the Indian musician. "As a performer, composer, teacher and writer, he is considered a pioneer in bringing Indian music to the West."

Shankar died on Tuesday in southern California at the age of 92, after failing to recover from surgery at a hospital in La Jolla, near San Diego last week. His family was at his bedside.

The sitar pioneer taught his close friend George Harrison, the late Beatle, to play the instrument and collaborated with him on several projects, including the ground-breaking Concert for Bangladesh in 1971.

Harrison called Shankar "the godfather of world music", and Yehudi Menuhin, widely considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, compared him to Mozart.