Famous Sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar has died near his home in Southern California, his family said on Tuesday. He was 92.
Shankar was admitted to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, San Diego after complaining of breathing difficulties.
"Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the surgeons and doctors taking care of him, his body was not able to withstand the strain of the surgery," his wife Sukanya and daughter Anoushka said.
"We were at his side when he passed away.
"Although it is a time for sorrow and sadness, it is also a time for all of us to give thanks and to be grateful that we were able to have him as a part of our lives.
"He will live forever in our hearts and in his music."
He is also survived by his daughter, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed his sadness over the death and hailed Shankar as "a national treasure and global ambassador of India's cultural heritage".
He was known for his work with the Beatles. He taught his close friend and late Beatle George Harrison to play the sitar and did several projects, including the groundbreaking Concert for Bangladesh in 1971.
The Beatles called him "The Godfather of World Music".