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Honoring Ravi Shankar (1920 – 2012)

— Legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar, who with friend and fellow musician George Harrison created the remarkable Concert for Bangladesh to support UNICEF relief efforts in that country, passed away yesterday at age 92. “The world has lost a hero,” said Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

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Thursday video: Anniversary of the Concert for Bangladesh

The 1971 concert pioneered the all-star rock benefit concert model, which has since been widely emulated for various causes worldwide. The benefit raised over $15 million to support UNICEF programs providing lifesaving assistance to children caught in humanitarian emergencies.

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