Late Indian sitar maestro, Pandit Ravi Shankar, was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award and the Best World Music Album award for "The Living Room Sessions Part 1" Feb. 10. The awards were received by daughters, sitarist, Anoushka Shankar and singer Norah Jones.
"We know he was very excited to be receiving this award. We really miss him. He lived and breathed music. He was tapping out rhythms on the breakfast table and making me do five over seven... I am still trying to get it. We are very happy to accept the award for him," IBN Live quoted nine-time Grammy winner Jones.
"It was 60 days ago today that he passed away. It's kind of difficult to be standing up here, like Norah said, I am thrilled that he knew about this award before he passed away at least. But I wish we weren't standing up here for him," Anoushka added. "Music was the be all and end all of his life and I am very grateful to the Academy for recognising that." The sitar player had earlier won two Grammy Awards.
Shankar died Dec. 11, 2012 aged 92 after suffering from respiratory and heart problems. He had undergone heart-valve replacement surgery just a week before his death.
Shankar is credited with introducing Indian music and the ragas to the western audience. The musician had a huge influence on the lead guitarist of "The Beatles," George Harrison. The guitarist considered him a matchless inspiration and branded him as "the godfather of world music."
Shankar has also been awarded the UNESCO International Music Council. Queen Elizabeth II made him an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his "services to music" and he was also an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Shankar was also awarded honorary degrees from universities in India and the United States.