Watch Ravi Shankar Teach George Harrison the Sitar

George Harrison and Ravi Shankar

“His mastery of the sitar was legendary, his musicianship superb,” Beatles producer Sir George Martin said after hearing about Ravi Shankar’s death yesterday. “I learned so much from him in understanding the complex rhythms and tonalities of Indian music, and always felt privileged to be a friend.”

To put Shankar’s wide-ranging influence into perspective, we thought we’d share five classic YouTube clips with the legendary musician, including a sitar lesson with George Harrison, ragas alongside his daughter Anoushka and Philip Glass, an appearance on The Dick Cavett Show and an interview from the ’60s…