Ever tried to fret a sitar? I mean a real one. If you haven’t, try it sometime. Just try playing one single, true note on a real sitar (this would be after you learn how to hold it properly). Then think about 16th note scales. Forget improvisation, just the scales.
The first time I tried to play a sitar, I suddenly realized exactly what the big deal was about Ravi Shankar. Then I tried to play a tabla.
Every time I heard Ravi Shankar I felt a little guilty that I wasn’t practicing. OK, a lot guilty. There are a handful of musicians that I feel confident played music that will live forever. Ravi Shankar is one. And the reality is that if it wasn’t for George Harrison and Bill Graham, I doubt that many of us would ever have known his wonder.
Think about that.