Illness forces legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar, 92, to cancel show at Lied Center

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Legendary virtuoso sitarist Ravi Shankar has cancelled his October tour, which included an Oct. 3 performance at the Lied Center, the center announced Wednesday.

The Indian performer’s family recently announced that illness forced Shankar, 92, to call off the appearances. The Lied Center show was one of only a few performances scheduled in his United States tour.

“Mr. Shankar lives for the joy of performing and is very sorry to have to announce this cancellation,” the family said in a prepared statement.

Lied Center officials said everyone who had purchased a ticket had been informed of the cancellation via email and mail. The Lied Center is offering ticket exchanges or a refund for ticket holders, who may call 864-2787 for more information.

Shankar is an virtuoso sitarist, composer, teacher and writer. He was on the forefront of the world music movement and has collaborated with George Harrison of the Beatles, composer Philip Glass and many other world-renowned artists.