Moreover, Zakir shared a great bond with Pt Ravi Shankar as his father Ustad Allarakha used to perform along with Ravi Shankar. So for Zakir, Pt Ravi Shankar was more of a family. In fact he used to consider him as his guru fondly referred him as ‘Ravi uncle’.
Remembering the icon of Indian classical music, Zakir Hussain expressed his sorrow, ‘Beings like him don’t die. They just go back to heaven to take their rightful place amongst Gods. Today, with his presence, heaven is enriched. Farewell Ravi uncle.’