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Dig That Crazy Sitar Playin' Man, Man

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In February 1968, sitar player Ravi Shankar appeared on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, just a few months after he was introduced to American audiences via a four-hour performance at the Monterey Pop Festival.

The Beatles' George Harrison is largely credited with turning on U.S. music fans to the Indian sitar maestro, and, after hitting the American scene, the hippies became enchanted with Shankar. (For his part, Shankar reportedly thought those hippies' embrace of Indian culture to be a tad bit flaky, and did what he could to distance himself by the early 1970s.)

Around the time of his appearance in Monterey and subsequently on the Smothers Brothers' show, Shankar opened a branch of the Kinnara School of Music in Los Angeles.

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Why are we talking about Ravi Shankar? Well, it's his 91st birthday today. Happy Birthday, Ravi Shankar. For your video lunch, take a look at his 1968 Smothers Brothers TV appearance.