Band performed in New Delhi on night of world musician's passing

Hard rockers Guns N’ Roses paid tribute to Ravi Shankar at a concert in India on Wednesday (December 12).

According to a report in The Times Of India, Axl Rose told the 5,000-strong crowd at the Leisure Valley Grounds in Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi, “We dedicate this show to Pandit Ravi Shankar, who passed away today.”

According to the BBC, Shankar died in the early evening of December 11 in San Diego, California. His family said he had been admitted to hospital last week, but had failed to recover fully from surgery.

Shankar famously taught The Beatles’ George Harrison how to play the sitar and was instrumental in bringing Indian music to the West. Harrison once described him as the “godfather of world music”. It has been confirmed that Shankar will receive a posthumous Lifetime Achievement award at the Grammys next year. To see tribute messages from musicians posted on Twitter, including Sean Lennon, scroll down the page.