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Norah Jones Mourns Passing of Her Father, Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar’s music was all about embracing life—and so was his funeral.

His musician daughters, Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar, wife Sukanya, jazz great Herbie Hancock, conductor Zubin Mehta and George Harrison’s widow, Olivia, were among more than 1,000 people who turned out to pay tribute to the late sitar player Thurdsay in his adopted home of Encinitas, Calif.

Despite it being a crisp winter day, the sun fittingly shone on the 90-minute outdoor memorial service at the Self Realization Fellowship for the man Harrison called the “godfather of world music.”

“My father loved spending time here so much and it feels so right for us to celebrate his journey in this beautiful place,” Anoushka told the assembled mourners. Her husband, Anna Karenina and Atonement director Joe Wright, also spoke.

Jones, whose mother was concert producer Sue Jones, did not address the crowd but she did join half-sister Anoushka and other family members onstage upon the conclusion of the service.

Read more:  E! Online

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