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President Barroso's message of condolences on the passing away of Ravi Shankar

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I was moved and saddened to learn the news of the passing away of Ravi Shankar. I send my sincere condolences to his family and to the people of India," said President Barroso in his message.

"I want to pay tribute to Ravi Shankar's unique gift and talent as a musician and a composer, allowing people all over the world to experience India's rich musical universe. In an age before the term

multi-culturalism was widely used, Ravi Shankar crossed genres and continents in his collaborations, building musical bridges that took us on the most unexpected journeys. Ravi Shankar was a true Ambassador of India's culture and heritage. His work will continue to inspire future generations."