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Sitarist Ravi Shankar says he’s like old, good car
Adam Tanner (Reuters)
Berlin, June 26


Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, who first performed in Berlin in 1932, said on Tuesday he would go on playing in public despite the physical demands of touring aged 82.

“A car which has run 200,000 miles cannot be the same as when it is new,” Shankar told reporters ahead of a concert in the German capital. “But at the same time I try to be like a Rolls Royce, a good car which is still going well at this age.”

Shankar become an international superstar in the 1960s when he played at legendary pop music events such as Woodstock and the Monterey pop festival. He also formed a life-long friendship with Beatle George Harrison, whom he taught the sitar.

“I do believe in reincarnation and I am sure our meeting or connection is not only from this life. It was very spiritual from the moment I met him. We both felt this same thing,” Shankar said of Harrison, who died last year.

Harrison played sitar — a long, stringed Indian instrument — on a number of Beatle songs, including “Norwegian Wood”.

The sitar maestro now tours with his daughter Anoushka, 20, an impressive sitar player who has already released three CDs.

Promoters have billed Shankar’s latest concerts as his last European tour, but he said he would not retire yet.

“I am playing much less now being 82, going on 83, I am not as actively touring as I would like to do,” he said.

“The moment I feel that I cannot do it at all I will myself retire. But as long as people want to hear me and I can still play, I am going on,” he said.