Ravi Shankar's music was a world apart from the hippy culture that embraced it.

This article titled “Ravi Shankar’s music was a world apart from the hippy culture that embraced it” was written by Tariq Ali, for The Guardian on Wednesday 12th December 2012 16.00 UTC

Ravi Shankar was a virtuoso sitar player long before he became a cult for a drug-fuelled hippy generation that found the exquisite music he plucked from the strings a perfect accompaniment to the consumption of marijuana and LSD. Had technology been what it is now, plugged ears would have been listening to him all the way from London to Kathmandu.

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